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Posted by: Concerned | 2008/06/08

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

My daughter has been diagnosed as Borderline Personality Disorder. Reading on the internet the treatment would primarily be theraphy - dialetical behaviour. What is this and where is it practiced. Please help with any other info you might have as well. It is serious!!

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Firstly, no responsioble doctor should EVER make a diagnosis without discussing in detail the outlook and treatment options with the patient ( and if a younger patient ) the family. There is no established proven remedy for BPD, and dialectical behaviour therapy is only one option among several ; and I don't know of anyone in SA practising this form of therapy. The shrink who made the diagnosis had a professional duty to discuss available treatment options and, iof not personally able to provide the modality he/she recommended, should have made a referral of your daughter to someone who can. I think the person who made the diagnosis needs to be approached again, to complete his /her task

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