Complex trauma and borderline personality disorder


The aim of this article is to bring together the concepts of borderline pathology and complex trauma. We wish to show that the symptomatology characteristic of borderline pathology approaches, is indeed similar to, that of Non-Specific Extreme Stress (NSES) states. Thus the hypothesis is that states of NSES and borderline pathology constitute psychopathological entities which overlap but reflect different paradigms. The former is linked to the field of psychotraumatology while the latter is more rooted in psychoanalytic theory. In this way traumatic etiology opens the way for the clinician to explore new psychotherapeutic strategies.

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Masson, J. , Bernoussi, A. , Mience, M. and Thomas, F. (2013) Complex trauma and borderline personality disorder. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 3, 403-407. doi: 10.4236/ojpsych.2013.34044.

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