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Anhedonia in Borderline Personality Disorder and Its Relation to Symptoms of Impulsivity.
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PMID:  22441143     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) report strong negative affect and show impulsive, disruptive behaviors. The role of anhedonia, or the inability to experience positive affect, has been less examined in BPD. The present study examined the role of anhedonia in BPD patients and its relation to symptoms of impulsivity. Sampling and Methods: Anhedonia, affect, impulsivity and BPD symptoms were measured in BPD patients and healthy control participants. Results: It was found that BPD patients showed abnormally high anhedonia levels. In addition, anhedonia was found to be positively related to dysfunctional impulsivity in the BPD patient group, while in the control group, anhedonia was related to withdrawal behaviors. A strong relation was found between anhedonia and BPD symptoms, emphasizing the relevance of anhedonia as an important symptom of BPD. Finally, anhedonia was found to be an important contributor to the severity of borderline symptoms, independently of other factors such as affect and impulsivity. Conclusions: The results underline that anhedonia might be an important but currently overlooked feature of BPD. The results further suggest that anhedonia is associated with the impulsive behaviors that are typically observed in borderline patients.
Marlies A E Marissen; Nienke Arnold; Ingmar H A Franken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychopathology     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1423-033X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8401537     Medline TA:  Psychopathology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  179-184     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Centre for Personality Disorders, PsyQ, The Hague, The Netherlands.
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