Bipolar disorder is a widely researched, well-publicized, well-funded topic. By contrast, BPD is seldom discussed…
New study shows harm of borderline personality disorder
By G. Wayne Miller
Journal Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 24, 2015 at 3:51 PM
PROVIDENCE – A research team headed by a Rhode Island Hospital psychiatrist reveals that persons who live with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, experience physical and mental difficulties that rival those associated with the more prevalent and better-known bipolar disorder.
Dr. Mark Zimmerman’s study was published this week in the online edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. BPD is a severe emotional disorder characterized by impulsive behaviors, anger, irritability, poor self image and fear of abandonment.
“The level of psychosocial morbidity and suicidality associated with BPD is as great, or greater, than that experienced by patients with bipolar disorder,” Zimmerman, director of outpatient psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital and director of the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project, said in a release.
“From a public health perspective, improving the detection and treatment of BPD is as imperative as diagnosing and treating bipolar disorders.”