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Training the Next Generation to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder

Alexandra Yogman, LICSW, recalls the first time she talked alone with a patient with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It was 2015, and as part of her social work master’s degree program, she was interning on McLean’s Short Term Unit. She had spent several months shadowing experienced clinicians, and her supervisor believed she was ready to sit down and converse alone with this patient. “I...

John Gunderson: Borderline Personality Disorder Trailblazer

As a young psychiatrist, John G. Gunderson, MD, was fascinated by certain patients that he, and even his more experienced colleagues, struggled to diagnose and treat. They were challenging and sometimes erratic. They would cut or burn themselves. Often, they would grasp on to one person as their savior and feel abandoned when that person set limits. At the time, these patients were called “...

In Memoriam: John G. Gunderson, MD

John G. Gunderson, MD, a pioneer in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, died at home on January 11, 2019, while surrounded by his family. The cause was prostate cancer. Dr. Gunderson, who earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1967 was recruited to McLean...

Patient Story: Aaron

Watch Aaron’s story on how he was diagnoses with borderline personality disorder and taught the skills he needs to manage his mental illness.

3East: Adolescent DBT Programs

The 3East programs provide specialized care for teens and young adults who require treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and emerging borderline personality disorder (BPD).

McLean Hospital – A Leader in Mental Health

As a leader in the field, McLean Hospital is committed to offering world-class patient care, conducting cutting-edge research, and delivering exceptional education for mental health professionals and the general public.

World-Class Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

McLean Hospital combines the highest quality care, research, and clinical training to provide unparalleled specialty services for adolescents and adults living with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Offering individual and family services that have proven results, McLean has specialized residential and partial hospital programs and outpatient care—as well as an array of treatments for...

Deconstructing Stigma: Remember to Live in the Moment

The following story features Meghan, a 27-year-old nanny in Massachusetts and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Learn more at DeconstructingStigma.org. A trip to the local market could send Meg into a severe state of panic. “Just going to the grocery store and paying for things—that interaction, the eye...

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment: Can We Make It More Accessible?

In just the past few decades, a number of highly specialized psychotherapies entered the clinical scene as effective evidence-based therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The proliferation of these intensive therapies—dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mentalization-based treatment (MBT), schema focused therapy (SFT), transference focused psychotherapy (TFP), and systems training...

Grateful Family Helps McLean Expand Access to Care

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental illness characterized by emotional hypersensitivity and unstable behaviors that is often misdiagnosed. Some clinicians avoid patients with BPD, believing they are difficult to work with and have poor outcomes. And the most effective evidence-based treatments are highly specialized, time-consuming, and expensive; leaving them inaccessible...

BPD and PTSD Treatment Innovator Kicks Off Training Clinics at McLean

Martin Bohus, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), recently presented clinical training sessions, a webinar, and a lecture at McLean Hospital. Through the clinical training sessions, Bohus, currently a visiting professor at McLean, provided guidance on his modification of dialectical...

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex mental illness often characterized by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, has historically been viewed by clinicians as untreatable. An April 2015 article in The New York Times referred to BPD as “an intractable condition,” which is misinformation that persists about the disorder according to John G. Gunderson, MD, director of McLean’s...

Borderline Personality Disorder: Separating Fact from Fiction

So you think you know about borderline personality disorder? Think again. Many of us have seen Fatal Attraction where the lead female character is described as having borderline personality disorder (BPD), but the diagnosis is not that Hollywood portrayal. In fact, despite great efforts through a number of organizations, including McLean Hospital, Project 375, and the Linehan Institute, there...

Deconstructing Stigma: Revealing Leads to Healing

The following story features Brandon Marshall, a 33-year-old NFL wide receiver, co-founder of PROJECT 375, and participant in our Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life mental health public awareness campaign. Told through the eyes of its participants, this campaign boldly challenges the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like and is intended to spark...

Mental Health, BPD, and Boys: What Everyone Needs to Know

For years, the general public and many in the psychiatric community have viewed mental illness in boys and mental illness in girls in very different ways. To illustrate, Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD, program director of the 3East Boys Intensive DBT Program, offered a simple test: “If I told you that a student in a classroom was pounding on a desk and being disruptive, would the image of a boy or a girl...

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