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Nelson, K.J. (2013). Managing Borderline Personality Disorder on General Psychiatric Units. Psychodyn. Psych., 41(4):563-574.

(2013). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41(4):563-574

Managing Borderline Personality Disorder on General Psychiatric Units

Katharine J. Nelson, M.D.

Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are at high risk of suicide and are frequently hospitalized in the acute setting of emotional crisis, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicidal behaviors. Historically, patients with BPD have borne tremendous stigma and have tended to overwhelm providers and care systems. The reconceptualization of the pathophysiology and development of BPD in the context of a rapidly changing health care environment warrants examination of relevant psychotherapeutic and treatment principles. Through a case discussion, this article highlights several factors relevant to acute inpatient hospitalization of patients with BPD in an academic training environment in an effort to identify both the challenges and helpful treatment philosophies and practices to advance patient care and promote recovery.

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