Borderline Personality Disorder: A Misunderstood and Stigmatised Illness

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a type of mental illness characterised by ongoing instability in the areas of interpersonal relationships, self-image and impulsivity. The term ‘borderline’ was first used in the era of psychoanalysis when the condition was thought to exist on the border of psychosis and neurosis. However, BPD is now understood to be a disorder in its own right.

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It’s estimated that 1 to 4% of the Australian population is living with borderline personality disorder. Approximately 10% of psychiatric outpatients are estimated to have BPD. The rate is close to 20% for people who are inpatients in mental health wards. People living with BPD may experience difficulty in controlling impulses and emotions, relating to people and maintaining a stable self-image.


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Andrea Donaldson
15 Apr 2021
Information was great, gained more knowledge as well as reinforced my existing knowledge.
Kerensa Manning
21 Feb 2023
Relevant to practice
Dawn Shannon
30 May 2023
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A good brief overview.
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Jocelyn Gandy
11 Jan 2020
I found this review easy to read, in point form, with a small test at the end. I was interested to be able to reinforce and also learn some new things about BPD.
08 Jan 2023
A great read giving a better understanding of this disorder
Bianca Kelly
28 Dec 2022
Very informative information. Thankyou!
Theodor Zen
28 Oct 2021
Patrick Yam
03 Jan 2023
Registered Nurse
A good respurce
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11 Jan 2023
Debra Curran
31 Dec 2022
Registered Nurse Registered Midwife
An excellent presentation of the complex condition of BPD, providing valuable insight into the various aspects of BPD; the etiology the causes; the symptoms to determine Diagnosis and the treatment.
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