Differential symptomatology and functioning in borderline personality disorder across age groups

Álvaro Frías, Carol Palma, Laia Solves, Bárbara Martínez, Ana Salvador

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There is increasing research aimed at addressing whether patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may exhibit variations in symptomatology and functioning according to their chronological age. The current study consisted of 169 outpatients diagnosed with BPD, who were divided into four age groups as follows: 16–25 years (n = 41), 26–35 years (n = 43), 36–45 years (n = 45), and 46 and more years (n = 40). Age groups were compared for symptomatology, normal personality traits, psychiatric comorbidities, functioning, and treatment-related features. The younger group had significantly higher levels of physical/verbal aggression and suicide attempts relative to the older group. Conversely, the older group had significantly greater severity of somatization, depression, and anxiety symptoms. In addition, the older group showed significantly greater functional impairment overall and across physical/psychological domains, specifically when compared to the younger group. Overall, these findings may suggest that age-related symptoms should be considered when diagnosing BPD. Also, functional impairments should be the target interventions for older BPD patients.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)44-50
Nombre de pàgines7
RevistaPsychiatry Research
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de des. 2017


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