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Personality disorder overlooked

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Service shortages and staff disagreements often prevent people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) receiving appropriate treatment, survey results suggest.

Nurse specialists said the Irish research findings had implications for the UK, where up to 13% of the population are estimated to have the condition.

Researchers from Dublin surveyed 157 psychiatric nurses and found that 80% of respondents believed people with BPD did not receive adequate levels of care.

Around, 98% of nurses blamed lack of services and 83% cited differences of opinion between staff about how best to care for people with BPD as a major factor.

Fiona McGruer, nurse specialist at the Birmingham Personality Disorder Service, one of only three UK specialist services for BPD, said: ‘Because it is not a formal mental health primary diagnosis [patients] cannot get adequate treatment.

‘There are services available, but a lot of mental health trusts don’t think they are worth it,’ she said.

Read more on this story in this week's NT.

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