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Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder.

A new interesting article has been published in Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2018 Dec;41(4):651-668. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2018.07.010. Review and titled:

Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Authors of this article are:

Buchheim A, Diamond D.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Borderline personality disorder is associated with predominant insecure and unresolved attachment representations, linked history of trauma, impaired cognitive functioning and oxytocin levels, and higher limbic activations. Two randomized clinical trials on transference-focused psychotherapy assessed change of attachment representation and reflective functioning. The first showed that transference-focused psychotherapy was superior, demonstrating significant improvements toward attachment security and higher reflective functioning. The second randomized clinical trial study on transference-focused psychotherapy compared with therapy as usual replicated these results and additionally showed a significant shift from unresolved to organized attachment in the transference-focused psychotherapy group only, suggesting its effectiveness in traumatized patients.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Attachment representation;Oxytocin;Reflective functioning;Transference focused psychotherapy;Unresolved trauma

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