Message from the President

"The aim of the ESSPD is to bring together everyone in Europe who is interested, from whatever perspective, in the topic of personality disorder. In doing so we hope to create a vibrant society promoting understanding and treatment of personality disorder and allied disorders to ensure that personality disorder remains a subject of importance to governments, health services, clinicians, and the public."

Martin Bohus, President of the ESSPD

Scientific News
Ad Kaasenbrod

Guideline Based Treatment at the Trimbos-Institute, Utrecht

by Ad Kaasenbrood

Background: In 2008 the Trimbos-Institute in Utrecht, The Netherlands, edited the Multidisciplinary Guideline (MDG) on Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders. This was perceived as a major achievement. The treatment of personality disorders until then had been surrounded by a dark and negative aura: Having a personality disorder was equated to being untreatable. Read the article

Geir Pedersen

The Norwegian Network of Personality-focused Treatment Programmes

by Geir Pedersen

In 1992 the leaders of a number of treatment units came together and established the Norwegian Network of Psychotherapeutic Day Hospitals (Karterud, Pedersen et al., 1998). Their primary motivation was that the units were treating patients with comparable problems (Personality disorders) by comparable therapeutic interventions (Group therapy). Read the article