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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...

McLean Trains Clinicians from Around the US and Beyond in Mentalization-Based Treatment

Thanks to decades of clinical expertise and the support of McLean’s philanthropic community, McLean Hospital has become a preeminent training center for one of the most promising therapies for borderline personality disorder (BPD): mentalization-based treatment (MBT). One of five empirically validated treatments for BPD, MBT helps patients develop the ability to understand the mental state of...

Safe Passage: Gunderson Residence Provides Transitional Support for Women with Borderline Personality Disorder

With the opening of the Gunderson Residence, women with borderline personality disorder (BPD) now have a structured, home-like environment to support them in their recovery. With nine private beds, the residence is designed for women ages 21 and older who need additional structure in making the transition from inpatient to outpatient care. BPD, a complex illness characterized by dependency,...