From NICE: http://www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/national/nice/assets/borderlinepersonalitydisorder.pdf
Choices Editor: Caroline Finucane
Contacts: Royal College of Psychiatrists for an expert; mental health charities for a case study
National Library for Health and DUETs consulted for evidence-based articles â€“ see http://www.library.nhs.uk/results.aspx?SearchTitleType=searchTitleFieldOnly&search_term_row1=borderline+personality+disorder&sc=evi&sc=gui&sc=spl
Title: Borderline personality disorder â€“ expert and case study
Commissioning date: 11 June 2010
Why is this being commissioned: The UK is adding personality disorders to the index soon. Would be fascinating to interview someone with a borderline personality disorder to accompany the written content.
Premise: A psychiatrist explains what a personality disorder is and then focuses on borderline personality disorder (BPD), the most common type, explaining what this is and the support available. A person with BPD is then interviewed.
â€¢ Most people with BPD will have suffered trauma or neglect as children
â€¢ People with BPD should receive most of their care in the community
â€¢ Many people with BPD do recover
Borderline personality disorder is a condition that affects a personâ€™s thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It is not usually diagnosed before the age of 18. Symptoms include:
â€¢ having emotions that are up and down, with feelings of emptiness and anger
â€¢ difficulty in making and maintaining relationships
â€¢ having an unstable sense of identity, such as thinking differently about yourself depending on who you are with
â€¢ taking risks or doing things without thinking about the consequences
â€¢ harming yourself or thinking about harming yourself (e.g. cutting yourself)
â€¢ fearing being abandoned or rejected or being alone
â€¢ sometimes believing in things that are not real or true (delusions)
â€¢ seeing or hearing things that are not really there (hallucinations).
A person with borderline personality disorder will have most of these symptoms and they will have a significant impact on their life. Most will have suffered some kind of trauma or neglect as children. Some may also have other conditions such as depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. Some people may have BPD for a long time, but many do recover.