PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY OF BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

The treatment of personality disorders is one of the last areas in psychiatry to fully embrace a psychobiologic perspective

Paul H. Soloff

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • The treatment of personality disorders is one of the last areas in psychiatry to fully embrace a psychobiologic perspective
  • Personality is traditionally defined as an integrated structure of biologic temperament and learned character, treatments for personality disorders have historically emphasized the psychodynamic or behavioral correction of maladaptive learning
  • Temperament was viewed as contributing a biologic basis to the regulation of perception, cognition, affect, and impulse, contributing to the phenomenology of behavior, not to interpersonal meaning
  • This article reviews pharmacologic approaches to the treatment of borderline personality disorder, which has been the focus of more medication trials than any other Axis II disorder
  • Medications from every major psychotropic drug family have been employed against aspects of BPD
  • A practical, symptom specific approach to pharmacotherapy in the patient with borderline personality disorder is presented

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