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Sequences of emotions in patients with borderline personality disorder.
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008 Jul; 118(1):42-8.AP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To investigate sequences of emotions (temporal dependence of emotions) to identify specific patterns of borderline personality disorder (BPD).

METHOD

The perceived emotions of 50 BPD patients and 50 healthy controls (HC) were monitored by using a hand-held computer system for a 24-h period in a daily life setting. Participants were prompted four times per hour to assess their current perceived emotions. Differences between BPD patients and HC in terms of activation, persistence and down-regulation of emotions were analyzed.

RESULTS

Healthy controls in contrast to BPD patients more often activated joy and interest. BPD patients more often experienced persistence of anxiety and sadness. BPD patients more frequently switched from anxiety to sadness, from anxiety to anger and from sadness to anxiety. Anger was predominantly preceded by anxiety.

CONCLUSION

Persistence of sadness and anxiety, as well as emotional oscillating between anxiety, sadness and anger are important aspects of the emotional dysregulation in BPD patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University Psychiatric Services, Bern, Switzerland. thomas.reisch@gef.be.chNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18582346

Citation

Reisch, T, et al. "Sequences of Emotions in Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder." Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, vol. 118, no. 1, 2008, pp. 42-8.
Reisch T, Ebner-Priemer UW, Tschacher W, et al. Sequences of emotions in patients with borderline personality disorder. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008;118(1):42-8.
Reisch, T., Ebner-Priemer, U. W., Tschacher, W., Bohus, M., & Linehan, M. M. (2008). Sequences of emotions in patients with borderline personality disorder. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118(1), 42-8. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01222.x
Reisch T, et al. Sequences of Emotions in Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008;118(1):42-8. PubMed PMID: 18582346.
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