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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


Borderline personality disorder
NICE `clinical This booklet is about the care and treatment of people with borderline
guidelines' advise personality disorder in the NHS in England and Wales. It explains guidance
(advice) from NICE (the National Institute for Health and…

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Contents
Your care 3
Borderline personality disorder 4
What happens when I first see a healthcare professional? 5
Who will provide my treatment? 7
What treatment should I be offered for borderline 9
personality disorder?
What should happen in a crisis? 11
Can I have treatment for other conditions? 12…

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Your care
Your treatment and care should take into account your personal needs Some treatments
and preferences, and you have the right to be fully informed and to make may not be
decisions in partnership with your healthcare team. To help with this, your
healthcare team should give you information…

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Borderline personality disorder
Borderline personality disorder is a condition that affects a person's
thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It is not usually diagnosed before the
age of 18 but symptoms can be recognised in younger people. `Borderline'
was originally used by psychiatrists to suggest that the condition was
thought to be…

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What happens when I first see a healthcare
professional?
If your GP thinks you may have borderline personality disorder, you should If you think that
be offered an appointment with your community mental health service your care does
for an assessment.
not match what
In your assessment the healthcare professional…

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Young people (under 18) with borderline
personality disorder (or problems that suggest that
they may have borderline personality disorder)
If a professional in health, social care or education is concerned that
a young person may have borderline personality disorder they should
offer them an appointment with child and adolescent mental…

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Who will provide my treatment?
You should receive most of your treatment from your community mental If you have
health service (this might include a personality disorder service where talked to your
available), although your GP may be involved in your physical health
healthcare team,
needs and support in a…

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Your rights and your relationship with your
healthcare team
You should not be excluded from any services because of a diagnosis of
borderline personality disorder or your ethnicity, or if you have self-harmed.
Your healthcare team should work with you to help you to make your
own decisions about your…

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What treatment should I be offered for borderline
personality disorder?
Psychological treatment
If borderline personality disorder causes you many problems, or you have Some treatments
other conditions, you may be offered a psychological treatment in a special
may not be
programme usually run by a team of people. This will…

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Questions about treatment
· Why have you offered me this type of treatment?
· What are the pros and cons of having this treatment?
· Please tell me what the treatment will involve.
· How will the treatment help me? What effect will it have on my
symptoms and everyday…

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