Depression And Borderline Personality Disorder

1781 Words Nov 10th, 2016 8 Pages
Lisa’s case study: an attempt at understanding the causes of her difficulties through a biological and a psychodynamic approach.

Lisa received treatment to help her with depression and borderline personality disorder (BPD), as she has been diagnosed with these disorders. However, it is important to understand the factors that have led to these diagnoses. It would be quite simplistic and stigmatising to reduce Lisa to those disorders. In fact, it may be interesting to try to understand Lisa’s problems by looking through her past and present on a biological level and on a psychodynamic level. Indeed, looking at the biological perspective, Lisa’s mother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Genetically, the fact that Lisa’s mother was fragile could have led Lisa to be more vulnerable to symptoms like depression and bipolar disorder. According to some studies, BPD and bipolar disorder would be linked, it would be referred to as bipolar disorder spectrum (Davey, 2014); as they are both more likely to be heritable on a first-degree relative level, (Davey, 2014). However, finding genes that are responsible for any disorder is an issue, (Nestler, Barrot, DiLeone, Eisch & Monteggia, 2002). Indeed, most researches find that genetics are implicated in an individual’s vulnerability to a certain level, without finding which ones yet. For instance, because the symptoms of borderline personality disorder such as impulsiveness, aggression are found to be heritable, some hypotheses tend…
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