Borderline personality traits in adolescents: why are difficulties temporary for some whilst others continue to struggle?

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Kirsten Barnicot summarises a recent systematic review of the factors associated with the course of ‘borderline personality disorder’ symptoms in adolescence.

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Mentalisation-based treatment for pathological narcissism

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In her debut blog, KCL student Harley McIntosh explores a paper that proposes a developmental model of narcissism centring on impairments in mentalisation. The case study paper then encourages the use of mentalisation-based treatment (MBT) for the treatment of pathological narcissism.

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Understanding atypical social reward anticipation in psychopathology

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Francesca Bentivegna summarises a meta-analytic review exploring atypical social reward anticipation as a transdiagnostic characteristic of psychopathology.

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Borderline personality disorder and intimate partner violence

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In her debut blog, Jessica Tunmore summarises a recent research study, which looks at the relationship between borderline personality disorder and intimate partner violence.

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“Personality disorders” more common in people with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases

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Jonathan Monk-Cunliffe explores a recent cohort study which finds that people with inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease are at greater risk of “personality disorder”.

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Prevalence of comorbid personality disorder and alcohol use disorder

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People diagnosed with “personality disorders” are likely to also experience alcohol problems.

Dean Connolly summarises a recent systematic review that confirms the very high prevalence of comorbid personality disorders and alcohol use disorders.

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What role should psychoanalysis play in modern mental health practice?

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Camille Hart and Iain McDougall explore a recent narrative review by Jessica Yakeley and argue that psychodynamic psychotherapies should be made more widely available within UK mental health services.

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Lamotrigine for “Borderline Personality Disorder”: should we prescribe it? #BIGSPD19

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Keir Harding prepares for the #BIGSPD19 conference by reading Mike Crawford et al’s recent RCT on the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of lamotrigine in borderline personality disorder.

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Power Threat Meaning Framework: innovative and important? #PTMFramework

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Paul Salkovskis and Jo Edge explore the Power Threat Meaning Framework that was published in January 2018 by the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology.

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Psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders: residential versus community treatment

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Keir Harding explores a recent study of community-based, step-down, and residential specialist psychodynamic programmes for personality disorders, which includes some surprising findings.

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