Borderline and Schizophrenic Disorders
|Many innovative therapists (eg: Dr John Rosen, Dr Arthur
Janov, Jacqi Lee Schiff) have tried to develop new controversial
therapies as ways to help people with borderline personality disorder, an
enigmatic and notoriously difficult condition to treat.
Borderline patients are often severely self-destructive, cutting or burning themselves and attempting suicide. In therapy, they are often manipulative, deceitful, mercurial, at times chillingly mute. They wear out therapists and try the patience of friends and family members. (The needy, compulsive, violent character played by Glenn Close in the 1987 movie "Fatal Attraction," who seduces a married man and then stalks him when he rejects her, exhibits borderline behavior, some say.)
Some researchers believe that the disorder develops as a result of uncertain attachments to parents early in life. Others are searching for biological roots. One study, for example, found that borderline patients exhibited hyperactivity in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotion regulation. Some patients, experts say, are helped by risky mood-stabilizing drugs and by Shock Treatment.