Self-injury

Clinical Update

Deliberate Foreign Body Ingestion

Topics: Borderline Personality Disorder | Deliberate foreign body ingestion | DFBI | Free Articles | Gastroenterology | Malingering | Management | Obsessive compulsive disorder/OCD | Personality Disorders | Pica | Psychosis | Self-injury | Swallowing

During morning rounds at your inpatient unit, you are informed by staff that your patient M, a 32-year-old woman with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, has swallowed a small pencil. This is her fourth swallowing episode since her admission to the unit 2 weeks ago. Even though you had restricted her access to sharp objects, she has ma

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Clinical Update

Take a Breather: A Mindful Tactic for Borderline Dysphoria

Topics: Agitation | Behavior therapy | Borderline Personality Disorder | BPD | Crisis intervention | Mindfulness | Psychotherapy | Self-injury | Therapy during medication appointment | Therapy with Med Management

Managing the intense, explosive dysphoria experienced by patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the tougher challenges we face. These complex states, with elements of anxiety, rage, depression, and shame, are hard for patients to tolerate, let alone examine. Worse, they can generate dangerous solutions: suicide, self-harm, and o

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