Borderline Personality Disorder

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

Dr. Glen O. Gabbard has authored and co-authored many
books and is on staff at the Baylor College of Medicine
"Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common personality disorder that involves difficulties with intimate relationships, problems handling emotional states like anger and sadness, impulsivity, and suicidality. The causes are complex and not well understood. Several factors are involved, including early loss or separation from parents, childhood abuse, problematic interactions with parents or caretakers, genetic and temperamental vulnerabilities, and neurological/biochemical dysfunction. The exact combination of these factors may vary from one person to the next. Treatment involves psychotherapy, medication and a structured living environment where social support is available.

When the patient is extremely suicidal, hospitalization is necessary, but most patients with BPD can do well with a structured outpatient program involving individual and group therapy and medication. Several medications may help, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), like fluoxetine (Prozac), lithium, carbamazepine (Tegretol), and Clozaril (clozapine)."

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Baylor
Psychiatry Clinic
Baylor College of Medicine
6655 Travis, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77030
713-798-6397
Fax 713-798-7984

Some books that Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. has authored or co-authored:

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