Symptoms and EEG findings in the borderline syndrome

R. W. Cowdry, D. Pickar, R. Davies

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Symptomatology and electroencephalographic abnormalities were examined in thirty-nine individuals with borderline personality disorder, compared with twenty unipolar depressed patients. Borderline individuals showed a much higher incidence of symptoms commonly seen in complex partial seizures or episodic dyscontrol, and in addition had a much higher incidence of EEG abnormalities, particularly posterior sharp activity. These findings suggest that neurophysiological dysfunction may contribute to the borderline syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Cowdry, R. W., Pickar, D., & Davies, R. (1985). Symptoms and EEG findings in the borderline syndrome. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 15(3), 201-211.