An empirical study of psychosis in borderline personality disorder. Academic Article Case Study uri icon

start page

  • 1285

end page

  • 1290

abstract

  • To assess the nature and prevalence of psychotic symptoms in borderline personality disorder, the authors reviewed the cases of 33 patients meeting DSM-III criteria for borderline personality disorder, using both "narrow" and "broad" definitions of psychosis. Only eight patients displayed psychotic symptoms meeting the "narrow" DSM-III definition; in all of these cases, the symptoms appeared to be attributable to either severe drug abuse or major affective disorder, present simultaneously with borderline personality disorder. The remaining patients displayed only "broadly defined" psychotic symptoms or symptoms that appeared to be under voluntary control. These findings weigh against the assumption that borderline personality disorder lies "on the border" of classical psychotic disorders.

date/time value

  • November 1985

PubMed Identifier

  • 4061687

volume

  • 142

number

  • 11

keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Factitious Disorders
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manuals as Topic
  • Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Substance-Related Disorders