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BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND REVIEW OF AVAILABLE EVIDENCE

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All this information is from the American Psychiatric Association (Jan 2OO3)
It is important to verify the relevance of this information
 
Clinical Resources
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder
PART B:
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND REVIEW OF AVAILABLE EVIDENCE

V.      DISEASE DEFINITION, EPIDEMIOLOGY, AND NATURAL HISTORY


A.      DEFINITION and CORE CLINICAL FEATURES
The essential feature of borderline personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, affects, and self-image, as well as marked impulsivity that begins by early adulthood and appears in a variety of contexts. These characteristics are severe and persistent enough to result in clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
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1.   Associated features
2.   Comorbidity
3.   Complications
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by notable distress and functional impairment. A majority of patients attempt suicide. Completed suicide occurs in 8% 10% of individuals with this disorder, a rate that is approximately 50 times higher than in the general population.
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B.     ASSESSMENT
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C.     DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS
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D.     EPIDEMIOLOGY
Borderline personality disorder is the most common personality disorder in clinical settings.
It is present in 10% of individuals seen in outpatient mental health clinics, 15%20% of psychiatric inpatients, and 30%60% of clinical populations with a personality disorder.
It occurs in an estimated 2% of the general population (1, 136).
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E.     NATURAL HISTORY and COURSE
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All the informations on this site are with an aim of helping to understand a "particular" disease at the very least and puzzle
But more especially to support peoples who suffer, sick or not.  In all cases, it is ESSENTIAL to have recourse to a therapist specialized in the disease to confirm or to cancel a diagnosis
Though it is the name doesn't much matter, which is important, it is to apply "the right" treatment to each patient