• Borderline Personality Disorder,  Video

    The power of patterns. Why your borderline loved one may think you’re trying to hurt them

    Here is a Ted Talk by Michael Shermer on the pattern-finding power of the human brain. After I watched this video, I was struck that this is probably why people with Borderline Personality Disorder or just highly sensitive people develop the belief that people are out to hurt them or that they are being judged and degraded by others. You can purchase a copy of his latest book at Amazon below. No related posts.

  • Biology,  Borderline Personality Disorder

    Neurobiology and the Psychic Pain that is BPD

    An article about the opioid system and the neurobiology of borderline personality disorder. Neurobiology Informs Successful Psychotherapy for BPD Mark Moran A common feature of all psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder is activation of the prefrontal cortex through reappraisal of painful affect states generated by a hyperactive amygdala. Neurobiological research can help psychotherapists tailor talking therapies to the individual characteristics of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). That’s what Glen Gabbard, M.D., told psychiatrists at this year’s APA annual meeting in Honolulu in an address titled, “Neurobiologically Informed Psychotherapy of Borderline Personality Disorder.” A prominent psychoanalyst and psychodynamic therapist, Gabbard said he believes the theoretical constructs of psychoanalysis—drives and conflicts—find…

  • Biology,  Borderline Personality Disorder

    Brain imaging gives new insight into mental disorders

    Article on fMRI and BPD… I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Montague last year. Intersting guy… Brain imaging gives new insight into mental disorders (Media-Newswire.com) – HOUSTON — ( August 25, 2010 ) — A new kind of psychiatry built on objective measures derived from functional magnetic resonance imaging ( or fMRI ) of the brain performed while patients play economic games could provide new insight into the diagnosis and, eventually, treatment of mental disorders, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a review in the current issue of the journal Neuron. New tools, new field These new tools will not only help produce new brain “signatures” associated…

  • Biology

    Biology of Borderline Personality Disorder

    Can BPD be inherited? Here’s an article on the biological aspects of BPD. Genetic studies of monozygotic and dizygotic twins suggest that there may be genetic factors for these dimensions of emotional reactivity and impulsive aggression, while there does not appear to be a heritability for BPD as a category. Family members of BPD patients are more likely to demonstrate affective instability or impulsivity, although not necessarily both. Impulsivity and aggression seem to be heritable in studies of normal twins as well. It is noteworthy that in the studies of prolactin responses to fenfluramine, blunted prolactin response to fenfluramine in a patient is a better predictor of impulsivity and aggression…