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Borderline Personality Disorder Testing in San Diego

At KMN Psych, we specialize in delivering comprehensive and accurate assessments for a variety of conditions and diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder (BPD). 


Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder


The Importance of Accurate Diagnosis

Our Psychological Testing Process for BPD

Initial Consultation

The psychological evaluation and diagnosis journey at KMN Psych begins with a thorough consultation to fully understand the individual’s medical history, current symptoms, and personal concerns. This initial discussion is vital for gathering essential background information, which helps customize our approach to meet each client's needs. We explore various aspects of your mental and physical health to ensure that our testing is comprehensive and highly targeted.

Comprehensive Assessment

During this phase, we employ a multifaceted approach integrating diagnostic interviews, symptom assessment scales, and standardized tests, all conducted at our facility. This comprehensive assessment is designed to thoroughly evaluate each person’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning and typically lasts between 90 minutes to 3 hours. 

Some of the key assessments used in testing for BPD include:

  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM (SCID-5): This semi-structured interview guide is crucial for accurate DSM-5 diagnoses, ensuring that no significant aspect of the person's psychological condition goes unnoticed.
  • Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines-Revised (DIB-R): This interview is tailored explicitly to diagnose BPD. It assesses four critical areas of functioning: affect, cognition, impulsive action patterns, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI): This test is instrumental in identifying personality structures and psychopathology, including specific disorders like BPD, providing deep insights into underlying personality traits.
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2): As one of the most widely used and researched standardized psychometric tests for adult psychopathology, the MMPI-2 is essential for assessing and diagnosing mental disorders and screening for psychological issues in individuals 18 and older.
  • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): This instrument is used to assess various aspects of personality and psychopathology. It includes scales that help in evaluating the features associated with BPD, such as affective instability, negative relationships, and self-harm.

A trained and licensed mental health professional should always be the one conducting these assessments to ensure accurate interpretation and diagnosis within the context of each individual's unique mental health history.

Recommendations and Initial Results

Approximately one week after testing, we meet to discuss the findings in detail. This session is an opportunity to review the results and initial recommendations, provide a clear understanding of the diagnostic outcomes, and discuss the next steps in your treatment and management process.

Comprehensive Personalized Report

Two weeks after our post-assessment meeting, you receive a detailed 10-12 page report. This report includes comprehensive diagnostic findings, an in-depth explanation of the test results, and tailored recommendations for treatment and management. This personalized report is designed to guide you and your healthcare providers in making informed decisions about your treatment and recovery.

Types of Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Effective treatment and management of BPD are vital for enhancing those affected’s quality of life and functionality. Treatment typically involves a combination of psychotherapy and, when necessary, medication management.


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

This therapy is highly effective in treating BPD, as evidenced by its focus on four key skill areas: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills are crucial for helping individuals manage intense emotions and improve their relationships. Research indicates that DBT can reduce the frequency and severity of self-harming behavior, a common issue among individuals with BPD. Specifically, studies show that around 77% of individuals experience significant long-term improvement of symptoms after undergoing DBT.


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT):

CBT assists individuals in recognizing and modifying detrimental thought patterns and behaviors. It is structured to help reduce emotional distress through effective problem-solving techniques. CBT is also known for its effectiveness in treating a range of mental health disorders, including BPD, by helping individuals develop coping strategies to handle stressful situations more effectively.

medication management

Medication management

While there is no specific medication approved solely for BPD, certain medications like second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) and serotonergic antidepressants are effective in alleviating specific symptoms associated with the disorder, such as mood swings, anxiety, or depression. The choice of medication usually depends on the individual's specific symptoms and medical history, and it should be considered a supplementary treatment to psychotherapy.

For those diagnosed with BPD, continuing support from mental health experts is crucial. At KMN Psych, we can provide referrals to our network of experienced therapists and counselors specializing in BPD and other mental health disorders.


Get Testing for BPD in San Diego with KMN Psych

Verify Insurance

As part of the screening process, we help clients verify their insurance provider can provide financial assistance. We also accept non-insured clients. Let us walk you through the process so you can get tested as soon as possible.


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