Commentary: Bringing together lived experience, clinical and research expertise – a commentary on the May 2022 debate (should CAMH professionals be diagnosing personality disorder in adolescence?)

Samantha Hartley, Charley Baker, Michael Birtwhistle, Jennifer L Burgess, Eleanor Chatburn, Laurence Cobbaert, Maddie Howley, Charlotte Huggett, Charlie MacKenzie-Nash, Alice Newton, Sarah Parry, Jee Smith, Christopher D. J. Taylor, Peter James Taylor, Robyn Timoclea

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Abstract

Background: There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD, or similar Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, EUPD) construct is harmful. We provide a commentary on the ideas expressed in the May Debate issue, highlighting both concerns and alternatives.
Method: We bring together lived experience, clinical, and research expertise. This commentary was written collaboratively drawing on all these sources of evidence.
Results: We outline evidence that the BPD construct is invalid, harmful, not necessary for effective treatment and a potential block to the development and evaluation of alternatives.
Conclusions: We ask readers to consider these concerns, perspectives, and ideas.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Early online date22 Jul 2022
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Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2022

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