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Re: happyflower

Posted by Dinah on June 27, 2006, at 12:13:19

In reply to Re:, posted by happyflower on June 27, 2006, at 6:13:00

Current thinking is that many "personality disorders" are actually characteristic ways of dealing with underlying biological problems. In other words, they're linking borderline personality disorder to mood reactivity that is biological in basis. Have you read about the physostygmine challenge? So medications that control the underlying mood disorder, along with therapy that also seeks to deal with the mood dysregulation can be very helpful.

They've also noticed that relatives of people with schizophrenia are more likely to exhibit "personality disorders" such as schizotypal or schizoid. And OCPD is so often a response to anxiety that the underlying anxiety disorder really needs to be treated.

So that personality disorders can be a response to biological disorders.

I think there's a lot of bias out there towards people with personality disorders and it might be more of a problem with frustration from professionals that don't have the proper tools than it is lack of treatability.

We're learning more every day about the brain. Maybe one day these arbitrary divisions will be softened.




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