Treatment considerations for health professionals

The complexity of a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) presentation lends it self to much confusion and conjecture within the mental health profession. As highlighted in the DSM5 and ICD10 diagnostic criteria, there are a number of mitigating circumstances which add to the complexity of treating and diagnosing an individual with a BPD…

BPD Diagnosis: DSM-V & ICD10

Borderline Personality Disorder is classified in Australia using the criteria in both the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V (301.83) and the World Health Organization’s ICD-10 (F60.3). The courts and private practitioners usually refer to the DSM-V whilst the government funding is based on ICD-10. The majority of international research is based on the DSM-V classification of BPD. The Australian DBT Institute…

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is one of the core components of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Nobel Peace Prize nominee, prolific author and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh describes mindfulness as “the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment…the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life…to…

Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) often receive mental health treatment with the benefits shown for the use of psychotherapy (NCCMH, 2009; Peris, 2009; NHMRC, 2012) and to a lesser degree psychoeducation (Zanarini & Frankenburg, 2008). Although receiving treatment, not all individuals with BPD presenting to health services receive the…