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(p. 1) Borderline personality disorder 

(p. 1) Borderline personality disorder
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(p. 1) Borderline personality disorder
Author(s):

Anthony W. Bateman

and Roy Krawitz

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199644209.003.0001
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date: 17 April 2021

Chapter 1 outlines borderline personality disorder (BPD), the history of BPD, its epidemiology, diagnosis and a thorough discussion of the elements of the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for BPD, and explores individual factors to help understand a person’s BPD (biological vulnerability theory, emotional sensitivity, mentalizing vulnerability, Beck’s core schemas, dichotomous (all or nothing) thinking, fluctuating competence, active passivity), and co-occurring conditions (depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic symptoms, dissociation, personality disorders). The chapter also discusses etiology (biological factors, psychological factors, nature and nurture, sociocultural factors), self-harm, prognosis, and psychosocial treatment outcome studies.

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