Borderline personality and the pain paradox.

  title={Borderline personality and the pain paradox.},
  author={Randy A. Sansone and Lori A. Sansone},
  journal={Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township))},
  volume={4 4},
Clinical observations and empirical studies indicate that patients with borderline personality are both sensitive and insensitive to pain. This dichotomy may be explained by the context of the pain. For acute self-induced pain, borderline patients seem to experience attenuated pain responses. For chronic endogenous pain, borderline patients appear pain intolerant. In this paper, we explain this unusual paradox. We then discuss the psychiatric assessment of chronic pain, emphasizing the… CONTINUE READING
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