Pack S et al (2013) Management of borderline personality disorder. Nursing Times; 109: 15, 21-23.
“A person with BPD may experience intense bouts of anger, euphoria, depression and anxiety within a very short period (Zanarini et al, 1997). These feelings may lead to impulsive behaviour and confusion, and result in changes to long-term goals, career plans, friendships, gender identity and values. People with BPD may feel unfairly treated or misunderstood, bored or empty, and have little idea of who they are. Symptoms are often most acute when current events trigger memories of feelings from past traumatic and unresolved events.”
- How can we prevent patients with borderline personality disorder being seen as “just difficult”?
- Have you witnessed patients with BPD being unfairly treated?
- What problems might you experience in nursing someone with borderline personality disorder?
- As a nurse, how can you best help someone with this diagnosis?