Although borderline personality disorder (BPD) has a prevalence of ~ 6% in the primary care setting, the condition easily can be misdiagnosed or missed altogether by non-psychiatrists in older patients. Debilitating symptoms associated with BPD can be ameliorated with a combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, although data for the efficacy of individual drugs are based on small clinical trials and observational studies. Failure to recognize BPD and to collaboratively develop effective interventions not only may prevent gains in quality of life, but may subject vulnerable patients to inappropriate, potentially harmful treatments and deprive family and institutional caregivers of the tools they need to effectively care for the patient, as well as to handle the negative transference that commonly occurs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Borderline Personality Disorder in Older Adults: Emphasis on Care in Institutional Settings|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2015|
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