History | Epidemiology | Clinical Features | Differential Diagnosis | Etiology | Treatment
The borderline personality disorder (BPD) construct originated
from the observations of psychoanalytic psychotherapists who were
impressed by these patients' demanding search for nurturance,
their disregard for the usual boundaries of therapy, and their tendency
to regress in unstructured situations. Impelled by the clinical
importance of foreseeing such problems and by a new wave of psychotherapeutic
optimism, empirical work was initiated to better define this disorder.
Early research raised the question of whether such patients had
an atypical form of mood disorder rather than an atypical form of
schizophrenia, as had been thought, and more importantly led to
inclusion of BPD in DSM-III.