BPD demystified


1. Borderline Personality Disorder is Not a Valid Psychiatric Diagnosis

2. Almost Everyone Who Has Borderline Disorder is a Woman

3. Borderline Disorder Cannot be Diagnosed Accurately Before Age Eighteen

4. Borderline Disorder Does Not Respond Well to Treatment

5. Medications Have Limited Use in the Treatment of Borderline Disorder

6. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the Psychotherapy of Choice in Borderline Disorder

7. It is Disruptive to Include Families in the Treatment Process of Patients With Borderline Disorder

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  1. bpdtransformation
    Jul 27, 2015 @ 03:38:35

    In my opinion it’s ironic that #1, the notion that BPD is a valid psychiatric diagnosis, is essentially a lie. Today, in 2015, there is still no evidence that BPD has any genetic or biological basis whatsoever. The article in the link says that such evidence exists, but only cites two weak studies by Torgersen and Kendler, whose research I have read. These are twin studies where the researcher labels some twins with BPD and others without BPD and then concludes that genetic similarities must account for the greater concordance of “BPD” in identical twins. However, this approach is fundamentally faulty, since there are still no biomarkers allowing the BPD diagnoses which are made, and the fact that equal environment assumption scuttles the validity of the twin method. It is all observational and theoretical, and no proof that BPD actually exists is ever provided. For more on this, see http://www.jayjoseph.net , or the book The Gene Illusion.

    For a more entertaining explication of the origin of BPD, check this out – https://bpdtransformation.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/25-who-was-the-first-borderline-from-cavemen-and-dinosaurs-to-creationism-and-the-flying-spaghetti-monster/

    I think myths #2, 3 and 4 are indeed myths – these ideas are false.

    As for #5, that is another falsehood on the part of Friedel, the author of the linked article. Medications do have a limited use in the treatment of borderline states, because these states are primarily due to neglect, lack of love, distress, and abuse. Medications can provie short term relief, but their use is limited precisely because medications cannot promote lasting personality change. I wonder what pharmaceutical companies sponsor Friedel.

    I think he is right about #s 6 and 7 being myths.

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