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Borderline Personality Disorder

Etiology and Treatment

Edited by Joel Paris, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-408-4
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At this time, borderline personality disorder is the most researched Axis II disorder and is beginning to rival the functional psychoses for space devoted to the topic in prominent journals.

This book differs from other books on borderline personality disorder in its commitment to empirical data as the basis for progress and understanding when treating the borderline patient. Written by experts in this ever-changing field, it includes the most in-depth and up-to-date research and clinical findings on the etiology and treatment of borderline personality disorder.


  • Etiology.

    Introduction to Section I. Constitutional factors in borderline personality disorder: genetics, brain dysfunction, and biological markers. Exploring the borderline personality disorder–major affective disorder interface. Borderline personality disorder as an impulse spectrum disorder. Etiology of borderline personality disorder: psychobiological factors contributing to an underlying irritability. A behavioral theory of borderline personality disorder. Trauma and defense in the etiology of borderline personality disorder. Parental bonding in borderline personality disorder. Developmental factors in borderline personality disorder and borderline personality organization. An ego psychological view of the borderline patient. The borderline personality: a psychosocial epidemic. Etiologic theories of borderline personality disorder: a commentary.


    Introduction to Section II. Implications of outcome research for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. The psychotherapeutic treatment of borderline patients. Dialectical behavioral therapy for borderline personality disorder: treatment goals, strategies, and empirical support. Pharmacological therapies in borderline personality disorder. Inpatient treatment of borderline personality disorder. Management of acute and chronic suicidality in patients with borderline personality disorder. Treatment of borderline personality disorder: a critical review.

This is a superb contribution, with papers that are well selected, well edited, and of great value to clinicians and researchers alike.—Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

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