Letters Mood stabilisers and borderline personality disorder

Bipolar disorder comorbid with borderline personality disorder and treatment with mood stabilisers

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6798 (Published 13 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6798
  1. Mark Agius, associate specialist, department of psychiatry, University of Cambridge1,
  2. Norma Verdolini, registrar2
  1. 1Weller Wing, Bedford Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ, UK
  2. 2School of Specialisation in Psychiatry, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  1. ma393{at}cam.ac.uk

Crawford and colleagues discuss the difficulty in deciding whether patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) should be treated with mood stabilisers.1

This decision is affected by the fact that patients can have two comorbid but distinct conditions—bipolar disorder and BPD. Bipolar disorder has an important genetic component, often with a family history of the disease, whereas BPD is mostly related …

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