While less known than bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. Borderline personality disorder often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual’s sense of self-identity.

BPD is estimated to affect one percent of adults with up to 73% of those diagnosed with the disorder having made at least one suicide attempt. Further, approximately 10% of patients with BPD eventually do commit suicide. Thus, persons with BPD are a public health concern of significant magnitude.

New research on BPD will be presented by at a one-day conference on Friday, September 29 hosted by The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD), the Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness New York City Metro.

Experts in BPD, including leading professionals, family members and consumers, will present on topics including: new directions on BPD causes and treatments, affective instability (the difference between BPD and bipolar disorder), update on neurobiology, a panel on family research and family and consumer perspectives, suicide and self-injury, impulsivity and medication, and a case study that will be used to discuss and highlight the differences and complementary aspects of two treatment options: transference focused therapy (TFT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

The conference will be held at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Hatch Auditorium, Madison Avenue at East 100th Street, from 8 am to 5:00 pm. Registration starts at 7:30 am. The conference title is: Borderline Personality Disorder: Advances in Science and Treatment. Mental health professionals, allied professionals, family members and recipients of service are invited to attend. This program has been approved by NASW-New York State for 6 contact hours under approval number A-896.

Source: The Mount Sinai Hospital