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Depression and borderline personality disorder

Josephine A Beatson and Sathya Rao
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): 620-621. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11646
Published online: 10 December 2012

In reply: Lacey suggests that the Dimensional Assessment of Personality Pathology – Basic Questionnaire (DAPP-BQ)1 can be a useful tool for the assessment of personality problems by academic general practitioners. We agree. Significant elevations on the DAPP-BQ’s affective lability, identity problems, insecure attachment, and self-harm scores would alert the practitioner to the probable — if not certain — presence of borderline personality disorder (BPD).

  • Josephine A Beatson
  • Sathya Rao

  • Spectrum, The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: jobeatson@ozemail.com.au

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