Message from the President

Dear Colleagues,

My first steps as a young researcher in personality disorders were taken the day a senior expert in my department invited me to participate as an interviewer in his study on the long-term clinical course of patients with borderline personality disorder. This was more than 30 years ago and little was known on the fate of people with BPD at the time. I was still a young resident in psychiatry and very eager to learn. Participating in this study allowed me to systematically concentrate narrowly on personality disorder assessment with more than a hundred patients over a year’s time – a tremendous learning experience. It also allowed me to receive thorough training in cutting edge research methods and skills by eminent senior researchers. And it left me with a life-long interest and compassion for people with personality disorders.

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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.,

Seeking to understand lived experiences of personal recovery in personality disorder in community and forensic settings – a qualitative methods investigation

Shepherd, A., Sanders, C., & Shaw, J. (2017)

BMC Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1186/s12888-017-1442-8

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Interpersonal barriers to recovery from borderline personality disorder: A qualitative analysis of patient perspectives

Carmel, A., Torres, N. I., Chalker, S., Comtois, K. A. (Oct, 2017)

Personality and Mental Health
DOI: 10.1002/pmh.1397

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