personality disorder is a serious condition that affects up to
two percent of the population, and between 10 and 20 percent of
psychiatric patients. Patients with borderline personality disorder
suffer lifelong feelings of fear, abandonment, and anger. To friends
and family, these feelings may seem to exist for no reason
but to the person with this disorder, these emotions may be intense
and overwhelming. Patients with borderline personality disorder
commonly experience rapidly shifting emotions, including their
feelings towards themselves and those close to them. As a result,
those with the disorder have a lifelong pattern of intense and
unstable interpersonal relationships.
of the patient with borderline personality disorder may be associated
with impulsive, self-destructive behavior. Self-mutilation, as
well as suicidal threats and acts, are very common among those
with this disorder. Regrettably, completed suicide may be the
end result of this self-destructive behavior.
is made possible by a generous donation from Carol and Fred Halperin,
as well as many donations from friends of the Halperin family.
Through their generosity, the family has established the David
Halperin Memorial Fund in remembrance of their son, in the hope
that their loss may help others suffering from borderline personality
disorder and foster research into this illness.
this conference will go to the David Halperin Memorial Fund, to
support programs in personality disorder at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric
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