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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Personality disorder is common, rarely treated in its own right and often only considered as an irritating impediment to effective treatment of medical and psychiatric problems. However, there has been a significant shift from the view that personality disorder is untreatable.



We do have treatments that have at least some efficacy, and one of these is psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytically based therapies, subsumed in this article as psychodynamic… Continue

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Borderline Personality Disorder: An Overview

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Although the term borderline has been in clinical use since the late 1930s, it only became an official Axis II diagnosis in 1980 with the publication of DSM-III. Currently, DSM-IV-TR emphasizes that patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) show a "instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts," and any five out of nine listed criteria must be present… Continue

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Assessing Suicide Risk in Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - "Anita" was a 24-year-old single female referred to our crisis intervention team by her family doctor for a suicide risk assessment. Prior to being seen, the emergency department staff noted that she had been previously diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Upon being assessed, Anita stated, "My doctor doesn't know what to do with me, and I think he's fed up with me," and said that she only came to our crisis service because she promised her doctor she… Continue

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Borderline Personality Disorder: An Overview

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Although the term borderline has been in clinical use since the late 1930s, it only became an official Axis II diagnosis in 1980 with the publication of DSM-III. Currently, DSM-IV-TR emphasizes that patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) show a "instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts," and any five out of nine listed criteria must be present… Continue

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Guideline to Aid Treatment of Suicidal Behavior

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Assessing and treating patients with suicidal behavior is not an easy task. Acts of suicide cannot be predicted; the best a psychiatrist can hope for is the ability to identify a patient's risk factors and reduce them.



To that end, psychiatrists now have help in the form of a practice guideline from the American Psychiatric Association. The Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Treatment of Patients With Suicidal Behaviors, the first by the APA to address… Continue

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