Symptoms and EEG findings in the borderline syndrome

Int J Psychiatry Med. 1985;15(3):201-11. doi: 10.2190/3y0c-hauk-04jx-gbpn.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Electroencephalography*
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / diagnosis
  • Evoked Potentials
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Neurocognitive Disorders / psychology
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis*