When it comes to mental health issues, generalizations and labels can be dangerous territory to tread...People with mental or personality disorders will often manifest symptoms in very individual ways, aside from the most common and classic symptoms being displayed by the individual disorder. All mental health issues are a complex combination of genetics/physical makeup, and environmental factors. No two people will ever have the exact same combination of these factors. So, to say that a borderline can't be avoidant is ludicrous. But, a person may display characteristics of any diagnosis to varying degrees. Many mental health disorders that contradict each other in symptomology, can, and do exist together, and I'm living proof of that. I can tell you, that this fact can make things fairly complicated at times....
Professionals use general behavioral guidelines when making a diagnosis, but it's not at all uncommon for several diagnosis' to coexist with each other, one possibly even being a contributing factor to the developement of another. Psychiatrists will usually treat muliple coexistence of disorders by dealing primarily with the one that causes the most suffering and dysfunction in the individual's daily life. My complications occured when the treatment for one, exacerbated the symptoms of another....This is often the motivation behind "prescriptive cocktails" being administered...It's the Pdoc's attempt at treating multiple symptomolgy.
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