Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicide

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What is the definition of personality?

A person's characteristic traits, coping styles, and ways of interacting in the social environment

At what age does personality usually crystallize?

During early adulthood

What is the prevalence rate of personality disorders in the population?


What is the five-factor model of personality?

A model with 5 personality traits

What is the characteristic of personality disorders?

Ego-syntonic behaviour

Which personality disorder is characterized by pervasive and unjustified mistrust and suspicion?

Paranoid Personality Disorder

What is the prevalence of Schizoid Personality Disorder?

Around 1%

What is a proposed cause of Paranoid Personality Disorder?

Genetic transmission

Which personality disorder has an overlap with Autism Spectrum Disorders, particularly with the interpersonal aloofness?

Schizoid Personality Disorder

What is the proposed treatment for Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

Building the value of interpersonal relationships, empathy, and social skills

What is the prevalence of Borderline Personality Disorder among the general population?


What is the developmental pathway for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Oppositional defiant disorder in childhood, followed by conduct disorder, and then Antisocial Personality Disorder in adulthood

What is the most common comorbidity with Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Major depressive disorder

What is the diagnostic criterion for Borderline Personality Disorder related to interpersonal relationships?

Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by extreme idealization and devaluation

What is the treatment approach for Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Prevention and rehabilitation

Which of the following is a characteristic of someone with a miserly spending style?

They hoard money for future emergencies

What is the prevalence of the described behavior?

About 2%

What is a potential target for treatment of this behavior?


What is a common trait of someone who is unable to discard worn out or worthless objects?

They have a lot of sentimental attachment to their possessions

What is a potential consequence of being reluctant to delegate work to others?

Increased workload and stress levels

Which of the following best describes the key difference between avoidant and schizoid personality disorders?

Avoidant personalities have very little desire to form close relationships, whereas schizoid personalities want interpersonal relationships.

Which of the following is a symptom of dependent personality disorder?

Excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clingy behaviour and fears of separation.

What is a possible causal factor for avoidant personality disorder?

Small to moderate genetic contribution.

Which of the following is a symptom of obsessive compulsive personality disorder?

Being preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or schedules to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost.

What is a possible causal factor for dependent personality disorder?

Authoritarian and overprotective parents might contribute to the development of the disorder.

Which personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, discomfort in situations where they're not the center of attention, and inappropriately sexually seductive or provocative behavior?

Histrionic Personality Disorder

What percentage of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder will make at least one suicide attempt?


Which personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

What is the prevalence of Avoidant Personality Disorder?

About 1%

What is the focus of treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

Encourages patients to accept their negative affect without engaging in self-destructive or maladaptive behavior

Test your knowledge on suicide rates, risk factors, and treatment options for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Learn about the prevalence of suicide attempts and the impact of childhood maltreatment and genetic traits on BPD. Discover the benefits of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as a treatment option for BPD.

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