Mr. S’s case. between mood and personality disorder

Author/s Costanza Jesurum
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/2 Language Italian
Pages 5 P. 118-122 File size 83 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSOB2017-002009
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The author suggests, in the case of Mr. S., to evaluate the functioning of the patient also through the personality organization lens, as the data provided does not exclude a diagnosis of Axis II disorder, in the area of borderline personality disorders. From the data collected it seems that the patient makes a massive use of old defense mechanisms typical of patients diagnosed with Axis II (splitting, projection, projective identification) which activate a reaction that denotes an enormous difficulty in containing internal states, although being capable of having an intact reality testing. A diagnosis in this direction would provide a useful suggestion for any future therapeutic work centered on the patient’s ability to mentalize and contain their moods.

Keywords: Attachment; Depression; DSM Diagnosis; Borderline Personality Disorder; Mentalization; Defense Mechanisms.

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Costanza Jesurum, Il caso del signor S. tra disturbo dell’umore e disturbo di personalità in "PSICOBIETTIVO" 2/2017, pp 118-122, DOI: 10.3280/PSOB2017-002009