Questioning the Validity of Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): a Prospective Study of 286 Previously Suicidal Adolescents

Monday 16 November 2020
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Speaker: Dr. Brian Greenfield, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at McGill University Faculty of medicine, Director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Mental Health Emergency Team, and Researcher at CRISE

Overview of the webinar

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has been characterized in the adult population, and the correlates, predictors and stability of the adolescent version have been demonstrated. However, a recent reconsideration of data from a prior investigation suggest that there is not consistent support for the pediatric construct. That begs the question as to what such youth are suffering with when suicidal and presenting to the emergency room for crisis evaluation? Efforts to reconcile the above seeming contradictions will call upon Other existing psychiatric disorders. This presentation will review the evidence for and against BPD, and alternative explanations for the suffering of these youth. References will be made to irritability, adversity and complex post traumatic stress disorder, often as it presents through multiple generations. Together, we will explore the pros and cons of using BPD in our lexicon.

This webinar is also available in French: Est-ce que le trouble de la personnalité limite est un diagnostic valable? Une étude prospective de 286 adolescents qui ont été suicidaires

About the National Webinars on Suicide Prevention 2020

This webinar was presented in the context of the National Webinars on Suicide Prevention, on October 29, 2020. This virtual event was co-organized by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) and the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE).