From PsycPORT.com– Test developed for borderline personality disorder

This is important- it looks at the hardware issues that underlie BPD, Borderline Personality Disorder. My guess is that the same hardware issues might underlie at least a portion of the people who are suffering from PTSD. Worth a read if you are a brain-behavior-psychotherapy type.

PsycPORT.com | Test developed for borderline personality disorder: “Houston scientists develop test for personality disorder: Malfunction is identified by brain imaging devices during game play
Houston Chronicle – August 10, 2008

Aug. 10–Using brain imaging devices and a computer game, Houston researchers have developed an objective test for borderline personality disorder, a serious mental illness whose sufferers are unable to form and maintain stable relationships.

The brain malfunction found by Baylor College of Medicine neuroscientists is thought to be the first identified for any personality disorder.

‘I’m hopeful this will mark a new approach for mental illness,’ said Read Montague, director of Baylor’s Human Neuroimaging Lab and the project’s leader. ‘It should provide a tool to diagnose the condition and test therapy’s effectiveness.’

The research, published in Friday’s edition of the journal Science, is part of an ongoing effort to understand the neurobiology behind mental illnesses and to develop objective diagnostic tests for them, similar to the bloodwork, biopsies and x-rays used to diagnose other ailments. Baylor has been a leader in the effort.

As many as one in five psychiatric inpatients have borderline personality disorder, …”

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