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Commentary: Bringing together lived experience, clinical and research expertise – a commentary on the May 2022 debate (should CAMH professionals be diagnosing personality disorder in adolescence?)

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  • S Hartley
  • C Baker
  • M Birtwhistle
  • J L Burgess
  • E Chatburn
  • L Cobbaert
  • M Howley
  • C Huggett
  • C MacKenzie-Nash
  • A Newton
  • Sarah Parry
  • J Smith
  • C D J Taylor
  • P J Taylor
  • R Timoclea
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/09/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)246-249
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/07/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English


There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD, or similar Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, EUPD) construct is harmful. We provide a commentary on the ideas expressed in the May Debate issue, highlighting both concerns and alternatives.

We bring together lived experience, clinical and research expertise. This commentary was written collaboratively drawing on all these sources of evidence.

We outline evidence that the BPD construct is invalid, harmful, not necessary for effective treatment and a potential block to the development and evaluation of alternatives.

We ask readers to consider these concerns, perspectives and ideas.