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Pathological dissociation and neuropsychological functioning in borderline personality disorder.
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PMID:  19120046     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Transient, stress-related severe dissociative symptoms or paranoid ideation is one of the criteria defining the borderline personality disorder (BPD). Examinations of the neuropsychological correlates of BPD reveal various findings. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between dissociation and neuropsychological functioning in patients with BPD. METHOD: The performance on an extensive neuropsychological battery of patients with BPD with (n=10) and without (n=20) pathological dissociation was compared with that of healthy controls (n=30). RESULTS: Patients with pathological dissociation were found to have reduced functioning on every neuropsychological domain when compared with healthy controls. Patients without pathological dissociation were found to have reduced executive functioning, but no other differences were found. CONCLUSION: Pathological dissociation is a clinical variable that differentiates patients with BPD with regard to cognitive functioning.
V Ø Haaland; N I Landrø
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-12-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  119     ISSN:  1600-0447     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-08     Completed Date:  2009-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  383-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Sørlandet Hospital HF, Kristiansand, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Borderline Personality Disorder / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  psychology*
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Dissociative Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  psychology*
Neuropsychological Tests
Severity of Illness Index
Young Adult

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