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When she was bad: Borderline personality disorder in a posttraumatic age.

Author: Becker, Dana
Author Background: Bryn Mawr Coll, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr, PA, US
Date 10/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: American-Journal-of-Orthopsychiatry
Volume/Pages Vol 70(4): 422-432
Subject Matter Women, Research, Borderline Personality; Feminism; Posttraumati Stress Disorder; Psychodiagnosis; Treatment
Abstract Explored the relationship between women and psychodiagnosis by feminist therapists to redefine borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a form of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The advent of the PTSD diagnosis has been welcomed by many as a recognition of the circumstances and needs of victimized women. This paper argues that the increasing application of the PTSD label to women formerly diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, rather than resolving the dilemmas inherent in use of the borderline diagnosis, has succeeded instead in further medicalizing women's problems and reproducing the previously existing caste system of diagnosis and treatment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)