Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

Some time ago I received a letter and a paper from a 20 year old woman from Italy, let’s call her E. Her ability to voice how it feels to suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder was remarkable, so I got her permission to share her message “They call us Borderline” with you. “Our soul is screaming”, E writes. “It screams and falls into an endless abyss bleeding. That’s us. We need help”. In these days, as you all know, our diagnostic systems are being revised, and strong voices have advocated for a total removal of the Borderline diagnosis along with all other specific PD diagnoses and to replace them with a single dimension ranging in severity from personality difficulties to severe personality disorder. There could be psychometrically good reasons to do such a thing. But diagnostic concepts have more functions than their mere nosological ones. They are also extremely important tools for effective communication.

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ESSPD Research Update

This quarterly newsletter focused upon the theme of Developmental Pathways into Personality Disorders in its selection of the five most innovative contributions to the literature in the recent months.

The corresponding scientific writer is Sophie Liljedahl, Ph. D.,

Antisocial peer affiliation and externalizing disorders: Evidence for Gene × Environment × Development interaction.

Samek, D. R. Hicks, B. M., Keyes, M. A., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (Feb, 2017)

Development and Psychopathology, 29(1), 155-172

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Association between childhood adversity and a diagnosis of personality disorder in young adulthood: a cohort study of 107,287 individuals in Stockholm County

Björkenstam, E., Ekselius, L., Burström, B., Kosidou, K., Björkenstam, C. (May 2017)

European Journal of Epidemiology

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