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Borderline Personality Disorder: Brain Differences Related to Disruptions in Cooperation in Relationships
August 12, 2008 • Science Update
Different patterns of brain activity in people with borderline personality disorder were associated with disruptions in the ability to recognize social norms or modify behaviors that likely result in distrust and broken relationships, according to an NIMH-funded study published online in the August 8, 2008 issue of Science.
Group Therapy Program Offers Meaningful Gains for People with Borderline Personality Disorder
February 26, 2008 • Science Update
A 20-week group therapy program focusing on cognitive behavioral and skills training, when used in conjunction with usual care, helped reduce symptoms of borderline personality disorder and improve overall functioning, reported NIMH-funded researchers. Their findings were published online February 15, 2008 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
National Survey Tracks Prevalence of Personality Disorders in U.S. Population
October 18, 2007 • Science Update
NIMH-funded researchers recently reported that roughly nine percent of U.S. adults have a personality disorder as defined by the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV. Many people with personality disorders were also found to have co-occurring major mental disorders.
Unpleasant Words Trigger Strong Startle Response in People with Borderline Personality Disorder
August 22, 2007 • Science Update
Adults with borderline personality disorder (BPD) showed excessive emotional reactions when looking at words with unpleasant meanings compared to healthy people during an emotionally stimulating task, according to NIMH-funded researchers. They also found that people with more severe BPD showed a greater difference in emotional responding compared to people with less severe BPD.
Targeted Therapy Halves Suicide Attempts in Borderline Personality Disorder
July 3, 2006 • Science Update
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) reduced suicide attempts by half compared with other types of psychotherapy available in the community in patients with borderline personality disorder, an NIMH-funded study has found.