Borderline personality disorder in women: treatment approaches

Sarah Majid

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

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Borderline personality disorder in women: treatment approaches

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Most clinicians working with borderline personality disorder (BPD) take a pragmatic multimodal approach to treatment. Historically, patients were managed within general adult psychiatric services, and often considered problematic, untreatable, and only reluctantly accepted as suffering from a mental illness. There were, nonetheless, important treatment developments in therapeutic community settings. Over the past decade there has been increasing recognition and understanding of personality disorder as a disorder (Department of Health 2003) with inspiring new developments in psychological treatments and an expansion of specialist services The National Institute for Clinical Health and Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment and management of BPD in the United Kingdom will further influence the range of National Health Service services and treatment approaches available. It emphasizes the role of psychological treatments, complex interventions, and crisis management, and recommends developing a care pathway for people with BPD (2009). It also reviews cost-effectiveness of psychological treatments (Brazier et al. 2006).

Chapter.  7814 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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