Should Borderline Personality Disorder Be Renamed?

June 18, 2011 Becky Oberg

Some people believe that the term "borderline" is stigmatizing and inaccurate. Should BPD be renamed? If so, what should it be called?

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Oberg, B. (2011, June 18). Should Borderline Personality Disorder Be Renamed?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 28 from

Author: Becky Oberg

June, 22 2011 at 1:44 pm

Yes post traumatic stress disorder and impulsivity fits me perfectly. I got along until my 40's and I am 53 now and losing it.

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Becky Oberg
June, 27 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank you for your reply. As I'm sure you know, when a topic is first being researched, different studies come to different conclusions. I went to your link but could not find a stat on BPD/PTSD comorbidity, although I found the DID/BDP comorbidity.
The research I have access to starts from the assumption that BPD is a type of PTSD, which North American research seems to back. According to a Canadian study,, "Of individuals with BPD, 30.2% were also diagnosed with PTSD, whereas 24.2% of individuals with PTSD were also diagnosed with BPD. ... These results show that PTSD and BPD have a high degree of lifetime co-occurrence but are not entirely overlapping."
An Australian study,, pointed out the controversy of the BPD-PTSD relationship, explaining that there are "strong arguments" for BPD to be recatagorized as a trauma spectrum disorder. Based on my experience, I agree. Every other person with BPD I know has experienced some sort of severe trauma.
Coorelation is not causation, however, as the old argument goes. However, this does not mean that coorelation is irrelevant. Maybe further research can shine some light on this subject.

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