Cover art for podcast PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

46 EpisodesProduced by PsychEdWebsite

This podcast is written and produced by psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto and is aimed at medical students and residents. Listeners will learn about fundamental and more advanced topics in psychiatry as our resident team explore these topics with world-class psychiatrists at U of T a… read more


PsychEd Episode 32: Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder with Dr. Robert Biskin and Dr. Ronald Fraser

Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners.

This episode covers the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder with expert guests:

  • Dr. Robert Biskin, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, psychiatrist at the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre, as well as inpatient psychiatrist at the Jewish General Hospital.
  • Dr. Ronald Fraser, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, head of the Inpatient Detoxification Services and Addictions Unit, as well as director of the Extended Care Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre.


By the end of this episode, you should be able to…

  1. List the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria of borderline personality disorder.
  2. Recall the epidemiology of borderline personality disorder.
  3. Consider the risk factors and posited causal mechanisms for borderline personality disorder, including developmental and neurobiological mechanisms. 
  4. Discuss the clinical presentation of borderline personality in different clinical settings, including the Emergency and Outpatient settings. 
  5. Recognize the differential diagnoses for patients presenting with borderline personality disorder.
  6. List the common comorbid psychiatric and general medical conditions with borderline personality disorder.
  7. Discuss the common diagnostic challenges and pitfalls.
  8. Explore the stigma surrounding the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, and discuss a therapeutic approach to providing psychoeducation to patients with this diagnosis. 


Guests: Dr. Robert Biskin and Dr. Ronald Fraser.

Hosts: Dr. Sarah Hanafi (PGY3), Dr. Nima Nahiddi (PGY3), Audrey Le (CC4).

Audio editing by Audrey Le.

Show notes by Dr. Nima Nahiddi.


Interview Content:

  • Introduction – 0:00
  • Learning objectives – 2:03
  • DSM-5 definition of personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD) – 3:00
  • Other associated features of BPD – 4:36
  • Distinguishing BPD from other psychiatric and co-morbid conditions – 5:55
  • Epidemiology of BPD – 13:48
  • BPD over the lifecycle – 18:05
  • Explanatory models for the development of BPD – 21:20
  • Differences in the presentation of BPD – 26:00
  • Approach to a BPD diagnosis in the emergency department – 31:05
  • Stigma surrounding BPD diagnosis and disclosure of diagnosis – 33:51
  • Clinical pearls for screening of BPD – 41:11
  • Evidenced based screening tools or scales for BPD diagnosis – 46:22
  • Closing – 48:40


Articles: Diagnosing borderline personality disorder | CMAJ



  • Biskin, R.S., Paris, J. (2012). Diagnosing borderline personality disorder. CMAJ. 184 (16), 1789-1794.
  • Zanarini, M. C., Gunderson, J. G., Frankenburg, F. R., & Chauncey, D. L. (1989). The revised Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines: Discriminating BPD from other Axis II disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 3(1), 10–18.
  • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).


CPA Note: The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

For more PsychEd, follow us on Twitter (@psychedpodcast), Facebook (PsychEd Podcast), and Instagram (@psyched.podcast). You can provide feedback by email at For more information, visit our website at

Educational emoji reaction


Interesting emoji reaction


Funny emoji reaction


Agree emoji reaction


Love emoji reaction


Wow emoji reaction


Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens