Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 109–112

Borderline disorder in Turkey: a 2- to 4-year follow-up


  • S. Senol
    • Department of PsychiatryGazi University Faculty of Medicine
  • C. Dereboy
    • Department of PsychiatryAdnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine
  • N. Yüksel
    • Department of PsychiatryGazi University Faculty of Medicine
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF00788929

Cite this article as:
Senol, S., Dereboy, C. & Yüksel, N. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1997) 32: 109. doi:10.1007/BF00788929


The present study aimed to investigate clinical, demographic and follow-up features of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in Turkey. Among 738 inpatients consecutively admitted to a university psychiatric clinic, we attempted to trace 75 patients diagnosed with BPD according to DSM-III-R criteria 2- to 4-years after their index discharge. Of 61 patients who could be traced, 2 had committed suicide and 45 were included in a follow-up study. A semi-structured interview confirmed the previous diagnosis in all but two patients. The mean Global Assessment Scale score of the follow-up sample showed a 13.4% increase during the follow-up interval. Affective disorders were concomitantly diagnosed in 76.7% of the BPD patients, and the lifetime prevalence rate for this diagnostic category was estimated at 100%. Substances abuse disorder emerged as the second common Axis I diagnosis. The data obtained in the present study were in agreement with findings of previous studies on BPD conducted mostly in Western countries.

Download to read the full article text

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1997