Specialized psychotherapy associated with alterations in brain activity in borderline personality disorder

Written by Courtney Johnson

New research from Binghamton University (NY, USA) has highlighted the potential physiological effects of transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). The findings were published recently in Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. The pilot study comprised a cohort of ten female patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) recruited from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College (NY, USA). The subjects were treated for 1 year with TFP – a treatment proven to reduce symptoms in BPD. Utilizing a disorder-specific emotional–linguistic functional MRI method for measuring treatment-related effects on the brain, researchers observed relative activation increases in cognitive control areas and relative decreases in areas associated...

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