Borderline personality disorder


In this podcast Martin Bohus gives an overview of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), explaining the condition in terms of its features and symptoms, and describing a number of psychological treatments available including that of his own specialty, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. He also addresses the limited evidence for medical treatments. He discusses theories of aetiology including links with genetics and childhood physical traumatisation.


Date published: 10 December 2008

Audio running time: 26 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes:


By the end of this podcast we hope you will be able to:


  • describe some of the key features and symptoms of BPD


  • be familiar with the nature of four specific psychological treatments available, including some of their limitations


  • be more knowledgeable about a team based, dialectical behavioural therapy, and the role of the patient in the treatment


  • be aware of the lack of evidence based knowledge regarding effective medication in treatment


  • understand the theories on the aetiology of BPD and the links with genetics and childhood physical trauma.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.


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