Skyler Fitzpatrick - 2016 to 2017
Ryerson University

"Optimizing Emotion Regulation in Borderline Personality Disorder: Why and When Strategies Do and Do Not Work"

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) involves high rates of suicide and self-harm, and is known to be difficult to treat. The therapies that effectively reduce the number of self-harm and suicide acts in BPD are very long and intensive. This project is investigating ways to make these treatments work better and faster. Borderline Personality Disorder is a significant public health problem that exists in 5.9% of North Americans. It is characterized by pervasive instability of identity, actions, behaviours, cognitions and relationships, and is plagued by self-destructive behaviours. Almost all people with BPD (84%) exhibit suicidal behaviours, and 10% of Canadians with BPD die by suicide. It is clear that BPD is a significant mental health issue from both an individual and societal lens.