Latest research in BPD

Latest research in borderline personality disorder (BPD) - a panel discussion. Six researchers from diverse areas will discuss the recent research.

Facilitator: A/Prof Jillian Broadbear

"Stigma perpetuation at the interface of mental health care: a review to compare patient and clinician perspectives of stigma and borderline personality disorder (BPD)" Dr. Daniel Ring

Abstract: People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience significant stigma, particularly at the interface of care delivery. To compare and contrast what stigma looks like within mental health care contexts at the interface of care. A review of the literature was undertaken to compare the experiences of stigma towards BPD from the patient and clinician perspective. Six themes arose from the thematic synthesis: (1) stigma related to diagnosis and disclosure; (2) perceived un-treatability; (3) stigma as a response to feeling powerless; (4) stigma due to preconceptions of patients; (5) low BPD health literacy and (6) overcoming stigma through enhanced empathy. Stigma towards people with BPD is perpetuated through poor BPD health literacy by patients and MHPs that stalls effective treatment and engagement, and disempowers all concerned, deferring responsibility to others. Addressing this stigma requires multiple strategies that include more targeted education, advocacy and leadership.

Bio: Daniel is a junior doctor working in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network. He has previously published in the area of stigma in BPD under the guidance of Professor Sharon Lawn. He has a developing interest in mental health and education. When the lock down ends, he's looking forward going dancing with friends.

“How does research benefit from co-authoring people with lived experience?”  Dr. Fiona Ng and Mahlie Jewell

Bio: Dr Fiona Ng is a researcher at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of recovery-oriented digital interventions for people with complex mental health problems.

Bio: Mahlie Jewell’s advocacy on the experiences of living with BPD, PTSD and brain injury have been published nationally. She has lead roles in consumer consultation with The Australian BPD Foundation, Project Air Strategy, Department of Education and The NSW Mental Health Commission. She is currently completing a Masters of Art Therapy at University of Western Sydney.

"Research into Mother/Infant DBT" A/Prof Anne Sved-Williams

Abstract: - Mothers with borderline personality disorder or traits can find new parenting highly dysregulating for many reasons, and so frequently present for help at this time of their lives, very keen to understand themselves better and learn new skills so they can become better parents. Mother-infant dialectical behaviour therapy groups provide an opportunity to learn both emotional regulation and more about parenting and infant needs.

Bio: Associate Professor Anne Sved Williams, AM, trained in family therapy at the Ackerman Family Institute in New York after 10 years as a GP before completing psychiatric training in 1980. She was medical unit head of South Australia’s Mother-Baby Unit, Helen Mayo House, for 31 years where she works now as consultant psychiatrist as well as in private practice. Her interests have included treating medical practitioners, supporting primary care psychiatry, and a lot of teaching. Her research interest is in perinatal borderline personality disorder with 30 publications, edited a book on Infants of Parents with Mental Illness, 3 book chapters and 2 children’s picture-story books for families with maternal mental illness, Meltdown Moments and Jakes Dinosaurs.

“Assessment of peer led Workshops for carers (family, friends and partners) supporting a person with a diagnosis (or possible diagnosis) of BPD” Rita Brown and Jo Veltkamp

Abstract: 2 single session interventions (a 7hour workshop and a 2 hour information session) were developed and facilitated by a carer peer with the aim of investigating the value to carers of a single session psychoeducational workshop in improving participants knowledge about, and attitudes towards BPD by carers. Participants in both the workshop and the information session reported statistically significant improvements on the eKALM. Those in the workshop, but not information session, reported a significant improvement on the Burden Assessment Scale. The value of the peer to peer connection and meeting others carers was highlighted by many.

Bio: Rita is the carer consultant at Spectrum, Personality Disorder Service. She has a lived experience of supporting/caring for someone with BPD and utilises that experience to advocate for people with BPD and their family/friends within Spectrum and more broadly at state and national levels. She leads the education and training programs for Families and Friends at Spectrum. She has been a co-facilitator of the Mind Australia BPD Family and Carer Support Group for many years.

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