On the page we will include resources relating to BPD and coexisting conditions.
The term 'coexisting disorders' (sometimes referred to as comorbidity) describes the presence of two or more conditions occurring in the same person. These may be other mental health issues or physical illnesses.
The evidence base around this is fortunately increasing.
Coexisting mental health conditions are extremely common in people with BPD, with the symptoms of other diagnoses often overlapping. So it is important that they are diagnosed correctly and managed actively keeping in mind that the existence of another condition does not necessarily mean that they should be treated separately.
The most common coexisting mental health conditions associated with BPD include the following:
People with BPD can often meet the criteria for another personality disorder with the most common being:
It is common for people with BPD to meet the criteria for one or more mental health disorders over the course of their life.
Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex PTSD: Differentiation and Treatment: Lois W. Choi-Kain,
Developmental Trauma - a term used to describe the impact of early, repeated trauma and loss which happens within the child’s important relationships, and usually early in life. Resources from Beacon House (UK).
Many people who have experienced trauma also experience dissociation. This webinar from McLean Hospital (USA) discusses 'Reducing the Impact of Dissociative Identity Disorder'.
The Embrace Collective - helping Australian school children learn how to embrace their bodies.
Eating Disorders Victoria - information for people concerned about themselves, or somebody else and clinicians
The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED) - a state-wide program for the provision of quality services to those with eating disorders and their families. Includes core skills eLearning for GPs and mental health professionals
Working with Eating Disorders and Personality Disorders - a webinar discussing strategies to conceptualise and work with co-occurring personality disorders and eating disorders.
Project Air Strategy Webinar/MHPN: Personality Disorders and Substance Use: Tips on effective treatment approaches