Webinar: Decoding Distress – BPD, PTSD, and the Fine Line Between

Tuesday, November 19 @ 11am ET

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Dr. Gillian C. Galen Explores the Similarities and Differences Between Borderline Personality Disorders and Trauma Disorders

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are two very distinct mental health conditions—each marked by specific diagnostic criteria and treatment approaches. But BPD and PTSD symptoms often overlap, and it’s not uncommon for someone to struggle with both challenges.

Far too frequently, the resulting confusion leads to misdiagnoses and delays to the start of effective treatment. So what should mental health care providers and concerned loved ones know about recognizing the key signs of BPD and PTSD? How does trauma factor into each diagnosis? And what does treatment look like for someone with one or both of the disorders?

Join us as Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, provides an overview of borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, shares tips for understanding what sets them apart, and answers audience questions about the conditions’ shared symptoms, such as emotional dysregulation.

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Harvard Medical School
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
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Boston, MA 02115


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Gillian C. Galen, PsyD

Gillian C. Galen, PsyD, is a senior child and adolescent psychologist specializing in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She is the director of training for McLean’s 3East continuum, an array of programs for teens that use DBT to target self-endangering behaviors and symptoms of borderline personality disorder.

Dr. Galen has extensive experience diagnosing and treating adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotion dysregulation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-endangering behaviors, such as self-injury and suicidal behaviors.

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