Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness

Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness
Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman
Jan 11, 2016

Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Columbia University and past President of the American Psychiatric Association, envisions that breaking down the barrier which arises from our stigmatizing mental health would result in better treatment for millions of individuals.

Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD: A pervasive disorder of the emotion regulation system

Social cognition in borderline personality disorder
Frontiers in Neuroscience. 14 January 2013 Volume6|Article 195 | 1
Stefan Roepke, et al.
Department of Psychiatry, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin, Germany

research consistently shows that BPD patients have biases in mental state attribution (e.g., evaluate others as malevolent)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a severe psychiatric condition characterized by a
pervasive pattern of marked impulsivity and instability in affects, self-image …

affective instability

aggressive outbursts

increased emotional reactivity

found that BPD patients had a tendency to assume that “the world and others are dangerous and malevolent” (Pretzer,1990; Arntzetal., 2004).
Borderline personality disorder
Lancet 2004; 364: 453–61
Klaus Lieb

intense unstable relationships, which are characterised by two separate but interlocking types of problem. The first is a profound fear of abandonment, which tends to manifest itself in desperate efforts to avoid being left alone—eg, calling people on the phone repeatedly or physically clinging to them. The second is a tumultuous quality to close relationships, which are marked by frequent arguments, repeated breakups, and reliance on a series of maladaptive strategies that can both anger and frighten others—eg, highly emotional or unpredictable responses.