Personality Disorders

March, 2012 | Vol: 10 Issue: 3

In this issue

Learning Objective


Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Primer

Marsha Linehan developed DBT to help patients with BPD (Linehan MM, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York, NY: The Guilford Press;1993), and over the past two decades it has received strong empirical support.

Differentiating Borderline Personality Disorder from Bipolar Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder frequently co-occur (numbers range from 8% to 18%), although they are distinct clinical entities (Paris J et al, Compr Psychiatry 2007;48(2):145–154). A proper diagnosis guides the most effective treatment, but you’ve probably faced the difficult challenge of diagnosing these conditions, which share several clinical features.

Please Join Us in Welcoming our New Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Steve Balt!

Steve Balt, Editor-in-Chief, TCPR

After 10 years at the helm of TCPR, Dr. Carlat has handed over editor-in-chief duties to Dr. Steve Balt.

Expert Q&A

Diagnosing Personality Disorders: The Latest Trends

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) plans to release the fifth edition of the DSM. We are all aware that there may be some significant changes in personality disorder criteria in the DSM-5, which has created some controversy.

Research Update

Does Counseling Add to Suboxone’s Efficacy?

The combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) has become a popular replacement therapy for heroin dependence. However, it’s not yet clear how effective it is for prescription opioid dependence, or whether adjunctive counseling provides any additional benefit over the drug alone.

Helping the Severely Mentally Ill to Help Themselves

“Self-management” is a newly popular buzzword among clinicians treating the seriously mentally ill.