Complex PTSD – a better description for borderline personality disorder?

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Abstract

Objective: To consider the use of the diagnostic category ‘complex posttraumatic stress disorder’ (c-PTSD) as detailed in the forthcoming ICD-11 classification system as a less stigmatising, more clinically useful term, instead of the current DSM-5 defined condition of ‘borderline personality disorder’ (BPD). Conclusions: Trauma, in its broadest definition, plays a key role in the development of both c-PTSD and BPD. Given this current lack of differentiation between these conditions, and the high stigma faced by people with BPD, it seems reasonable to consider using the diagnostic term ‘complex posttraumatic stress disorder’ to decrease stigma and provide a trauma-informed approach for BPD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-335
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • borderline personality disorder
  • complex posttraumatic stress disorder
  • neurobiology
  • stigma
  • trauma

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