Personality disorders und posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

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Borderline personality disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder

The main focuses of our research are basic pathophysiological mechanisms in borderline personality disorder (BPD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our studies investigate alterations in social cognition and affect regulation in BPD and PTSD and the impact of stress and trauma on psychopathology. Furthermore, we study the neurobiology of intrusive symptoms. We apply a multi-methodological approach using structural and functional MRI, EEG, genetic analysis, pharmacological challenges, neurocognitive tasks, and further ecological valid behavior experiments. Additionally, we study psychotherapeutic interventions, basic mode of action in psychotherapy, psychopharmacological interventions, societal cost of illness and other health economic aspects. The research is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (RO 3935/1-1) and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH).

Selected publications for borderline personality disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder

Our group studies main aspects of the DSM-5 construct of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and pathological narcissism, e.g., empathy, shame, self-esteem. We focus on the neurobiology of NPD using techniques of social neuroscience, neurocognitive tasks, and brain imaging.

Selected publications for narcissistic personality disorder

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