The case of an aging person with borderline personality disorder and possible dementia.

Research paper by Edward E Helmes, Lynda L Steward

Indexed on: 05 Mar '10Published on: 05 Mar '10Published in: International psychogeriatrics / IPA


There is little literature on older adults with borderline personality disorder during neuropsychological assessment. Here we report on a 59-year-old woman with borderline personality disorder who referred herself for assessment because she feared the onset of dementia. Results showed an above average level of intelligence, with scores on memory tests that ranged from well below to well above average in a pattern that was not consistent with a dementia or with common forms of neurologically based memory impairments. A test of memory malingering was within normal limits. Results are discussed in terms of somatization within this personality disorder.