Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 82–88 | Cite as

Dissociation and borderline personality disorder: An update for clinicians

  • Marilyn I. KorzekwaEmail author
  • Paul F. Dell
  • Clare Pain


Dissociation occurs in about two thirds of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) but is still not well understood by clinicians. In the past decade, however, research has used new measures of dissociation that provide some of the detail that clinicians need to understand and treat the dissociative symptoms of patients with BPD. In particular, this review examines BPD’s comorbidity with the dissociative disorders, the neurobiology of dissociation in BPD, the role of trauma and disorganized attachment in the etiology of dissociation in BPD, and the clinical assessment and treatment of dissociation in BPD.


Borderline Personality Disorder Childhood Sexual Abuse Naltrexone Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster University, St. Joseph’s HospitalHamiltonCanada

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