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Australas Psychiatry. 2018 Feb;26(1):88-91. doi: 10.1177/1039856217734674. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

What is the clinical significance of chronic emptiness in borderline personality disorder?

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1
Consultant Psychiatrist, Maroondah Hospital, Eastern Health, Ringwood East, VIC, Australia.
2
Senior Research Fellow, Spectrum, Eastern Health, Ringwood East, VIC, Australia.
3
Executive Clinical Director, Spectrum, Eastern Health, Ringwood East, VIC, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to review the clinical significance of the experience of chronic emptiness in borderline personality disorder (BPD).

METHODS:

A systematic search of the literature was conducted using MEDLINE and PubMed, employing search terms including 'emptiness', 'personality disorder' and 'borderline personality disorder'. The most relevant English-language articles and books were selected for this review.

RESULTS:

Published literature and clinical experience suggest that chronic emptiness represents a substantial component of the symptom burden experienced by people with BPD, contributes to functional impairment and may distinguish BPD from other disorders such as major depressive disorder.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further research will elucidate the significance of chronic emptiness with regard to diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of BPD.

KEYWORDS:

BPD; borderline personality disorder; emptiness; personality disorder

PMID:
29034695
DOI:
10.1177/1039856217734674

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