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The European Journal of Psychiatry

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BLASCO-FONTECILLA, Hilario et al. Coprophagia in a patient with borderline personality disorder. Eur. J. Psychiat. [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.3, pp.211-214. ISSN 0213-6163.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S0213-61632015000300005.

Background and Objectives: Human coprophagia is a rare phenomenon with severe medical and social consequences. So far, coprophagia has mainly been associated with severe mental retardation, schizophrenia, dementia, and depression. We report a case of coprophagia in a 30-year-old woman with Borderline Personality Disorder (DSM-IV). This case report illustrates the severity of symptoms and maladaptive social consequences of severe personality disorders, comparable to those of patients with schizophrenia. Pharmacological interventions and, particularly intensive psychotherapy might be effective for patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder displaying severe behavior disorders. The treatment of choice for coprophagia is aversive behavioral intervention.

Keywords : Borderline personality disorder; Childhood abuse; Emotional neglect.

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