University of Murcia, Spain
Borderline personality disorder: Treatments and associated variables

Ana Isabel Rosa-Alcázar is Professor of the Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment at the University of Murcia. She is the coordinator of the Master's in General Health Psychology, and a member of the Unit of the Behavior Therapy of the Service of Applied Psychology at the university. She is author of numerous publications in the field of Clinical and Health Psychology, and has an extensive experience working with parents, children and adolescents. Her research interests are focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related disorders in children and adolescents and borderline personality disorder.

Borderline personality disorder requires programs and strategies for early detection and intervention to offset the effects once it is established. The high prevalence of this problem, along with patient and family suffering, the high comorbidity with other disorders, the costs of personal and social resources require more research and analyze variables associated with the disorder and key elements of psychological treatments. The aim of this symposium is to present a progress in the knowledge of this disorder by exposing different research focused on associated variables influencing factors and effective treatments reviews. This symposium includes four communications by clinical and researchers experts in this field. The first one focuses on the study of the variables associated with BPD, such as anger (state-trait) and the regulation of emotions, in order to detect and intervene early in adolescents and youth. The second communication analyzes the differences in comorbidity in BPD patients based on demographic variables such as ethnicity (Gypsy and non-gypsy). Finally, two studies report the efficacy of the most effective psychological treatments, presenting a model of intervention. It ends with the presentation and description of a single case in which the main objective of treatment is to normalize the patient's routine and control the sleep-wake rhythm.