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I came across three interesting articles on Medical News Today . I… 
16th-Oct-2006 03:43 pm
I came across three interesting articles on Medical News Today. I included the links, so if you want to read more, you can click on the title of the article.

The first one is hopeful news to those of us dealing with a partner suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.

Innovative Therapy Fosters Full Recovery For Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder.

“For the first time, a major outcome study has shown that a high percentage of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder can achieve full recovery across the complete range of symptoms.”

I know at least a couple of members here might be anxious to find out more about this. The article itself links to other resources, as well.

The second one is especially important for those among us who have children.

Early Family Experience Can Reverse The Effects Of Genes, UCLA Psychologists Report

”Early family experience can reverse the effect of a genetic variant linked to depression, UCLA researchers report in the current issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry. The study adds a new component to evidence that the environment can regulate biology and steer the effects of genetic predispositions. ‘It indicates just how important a loving and caring family can be,’ said Baldwin Way, a co-investigator on the project.”

It must be a great reassurance to those of us raising children who have another parent who is mentally ill to know genetics don’t have to have the final say in their children’s future.

The last one is interesting, I think, to all of us who have a partner that’s suffering from a psychiatric disorder.

Spouse's Personality Influences Your Chances Of Recovery From Serious Illness

”To the long list of things to consider when choosing a mate, there is now evidence suggesting that your spouse's personality can have a major influence on your own ability to recover from - and perhaps even survive - a major challenge to your health.”

Although the article pertains mostly to people who have suffered a heart attack, it does mention the effect the spouse had on the ill partner’s mood and feelings of depression. Of course none of us really needs to hear that our partners’ happiness depends a great deal on our relationship with them - we don't need the extra sense of responsibility - however, it’s never bad to realize that our efforts are definitely good for something!
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