2010 Congressional Briefing

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Borderline Personality Disorder
Congressional Luncheon Briefing

Hosted by:
Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA)

Honorary Co-Hosts*:
Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA)
(*Co-Chairs of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus)

Watch the Video

Why learn about borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most prevalent and devastating mental illnesses, yet it is one of the most maligned and misunderstood. BPD is decades behind in research, treatment options and family education compared to other major mental illnesses. BPD is a leading cause of suicide. Odds are, you know or will know someone who has the symptoms of BPD, but do not recognize that it is a mental illness that can be treated.

12:30-1:30 pm


Perry Hoffman, Ph.D.
National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

Michael Fitzpatrick, MSW
Executive Director
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Moderator and Speaker
Thomas Insel, M.D.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Living with BPD
Krissy Ahner

A young woman who shares her experience of living with BPD

Marie-Paule de Valdivia
A mother whose daughter has BPD

Professional Perspective
John Oldham, M.D., MS

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, The Menninger Clinic
President-Elect, American Psychiatric Association

Questions and Answers
Thomas Insel, M.D.

Meet and Greet
1:30 to 2:00 pm
Please join us and talk to professionals, individuals who have BPD,
and family members about the disorder.

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month