Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified – June 9, 2007

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified

June 9, 2007

Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD

Conference Sponsors The National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) in partnership with NARSAD
Suburban Hospital
Metro Washington BPD Education and Support Group
NAMI-Montgomery County
Washington Psychiatric Society
Conference Objectives To provide authoritative information about the diagnosis, causes, nature and treatments of BPD to consumers, family members and mental health professionals and to respond to questions and comments of participants. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a prevalent and devastating mental disorder. It is frequently misdiagnosed, poorly understood, highly stigmatized, and inadequately treated.

Program for the Day

Opening Remarks

Perry D. Hoffman, PhD
President, NEABPD

BPD: An Overview / Q & A

Review of symptoms and dimensions; history; course, causes and nature of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Robert O. Friedel, M.D.
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University
Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Treatments 1:

Medications/Q&A: Review of the major classes of medications, their efficacy and their side effects in the treatment of BPD.

Treatments 2:
Psychotherapy/Q&A: Review of the major types of psychotherapy, their efficacy and their limitations in the treatment of BPD.

The Evolving Role of NAMI

A look at NAMI’s inclusion of BPD in its mission of education, advocacy, support, and research.

Lynn Barton
Chief Operating Officer,
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Research on BPD: Current Status and the Future/Q&A

Review of the major lines of current research on BPD, those projected for the future, and their implications for those suffering from the disorder and their families.

Jim Breiling, PhD
National Institute of Mental health (NIMH)

Family Involvement Roundtable/Q&A

A unique opportunity to hear family member, consumer, and clinician perspectives on issues most relevant to those impacted by the disorder.

Family and Consumer Panelists

The Management of Acute Crises/Q&A

Review of the most commonly occurring crises associated with BPD and provide suggestions on how to deal effectively with them.