Ask the Doctor: Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr. John Oldham discusses the latest research and treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP). Dr. Oldham begins by identifying the symptoms associated with BPD: emotion dysregulation, loss of impulse control, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, feelings of emptiness, feelings of uncertainty and aggression. Next, factors related to the development of BDP are discussed. These include an individual’s stress-vulnerability factor, or their inherited risk factors when combined with significant life stress, and neurobiological factors, like reduced brain volume in centers that control emotion.
Dr. Oldham then focuses the conversation on various forms of psychotherapy, the preferred primary treatment for BPD, and pharmaceutical treatment options. He ends the session by stressing the importance of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship (between therapist and client) for effective intervention and treatment.