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Threading a pathway through the forest of mood and personality disorders: COMMENTARY ON… Bordering on the bipolar

  • Peter Tyrer (a1)

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The classification of mood and personality disorders has become unnecessarily complicated. It has become bogged down by well-meaning but unhelpful subcategories that puzzle the will of clinicians to make useful judgements. The answer is to think of bipolar, depressive and personality disorders as each constituting a spectrum of severity and not to be too preoccupied with individual labels. It would also be useful to avoid the diagnostic chimera of borderline personality disorder, a condition that defies proper classification.

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Correspondence Professor Peter Tyrer, Imperial College, 7th Floor, Commonwealth Building, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0NN, UK. Email: p.tyrer@imperial.ac.uk

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DECLARATION OF INTEREST: P. T. was the Chair of the World Health Organization's ICD-11 working group for the revision of the classification of personality disorders, 2010–2017.

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Threading a pathway through the forest of mood and personality disorders: COMMENTARY ON… Bordering on the bipolar

  • Peter Tyrer (a1)

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  • Peter Tyrer (a1)
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