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Am J Psychiatry. 2003 Jan;160(1):165-6.

Diminished impulsivity in older patients with borderline personality disorder.

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Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, Darcy Rd., Westmead N.S.W., 2145 Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to test, in terms of impulsivity, the hypothesis that borderline personality disorder "burns out" with age.

METHOD:

Linear regression analyses, with age as a predictor variable, were conducted on subsection scores of the Revised Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines (DIB-R) for 123 individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder who were accepted into an outpatient-based psychotherapy program. The subsection scores of the DIB-R allow quantification of the core features of the disorder: affective disturbance, relationship disturbance, cognitive disturbance, and impulsive behavior.

RESULTS:

Older patients with borderline personality disorder showed less impulsivity than younger patients, but there was no difference in terms of affect disturbance, identity disturbance, and interpersonal problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

The view that borderline personality disorder burns out with age is supported in terms of impulsivity.

PMID:
12505816
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ajp.160.1.165
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