Borderline Personality Disorder Term Paper by Peter Pen

Borderline Personality Disorder
This paper presents the effective treatment options for borderline personality disorder (BPD).
# 96125 | 1,680 words | 9 sources | APA | 2007
Published on Jun 25, 2007 in Psychology (Disorders) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper discusses various treatments available for the borderline personality disorder. The paper looks at transference focused therapy (TFP), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). The paper emphasizes that, as with other disorders, treatment effectiveness can vary from one patient to another. The paper relates that further research is being conducted on BPD by the National Institute of Mental Health and other researching bodies.

Transference Focused Therapy
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

From the Paper:

"The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Text Revision [DSM-IV-TR] (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000) defines borderline personality disorder (BPD), an Axis II personality disorder, as "a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, affects, and marked impulsivity" (p. 686). To meet the DSM-IV-TR's diagnostic criteria for BPD one must present by early adulthood, with five of the eight behaviors associated with borderline, which may include, but are not limited to: a pattern of unstable relationships, irrational fear of abandonment, suicidality, self-mutilation, identity disturbance, self-damaging impulsivity, poor self-concept, and a constant feeling of emptiness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.-TR). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Bellino, S., Zizza, M., Rinaldi, C., & Bogetto, F. (2006). Combined treatment in patients with borderline personality disorder: A comparison with Pharmacotherapy. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 51(7), 453-460.
  • Bender, D.S., Dolan, R.T., Skodol, A.E., Sanislow, C.A., van Dyck, I.R., McGlashan, T.H., et al. (2001). Treatment utilization by patients with personality disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 295-302.
  • Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (1999). Effectiveness of partial hospitalization in the treatment of borderline personality disorder: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 1563-1569.
  • Coccaro, E.F. (1989). Central serotonin and impulsive aggression. British Journal of Psychiatry Supplement, 155, 52-62.

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