Borderline personality disorder and nursing approach

Keywords: Borderline Personality Disorder, Diagnosis, Medication, Holistic Care, Nursing Care


Introduction: Borderline Personality Disorder, is one of the ten Personality Disorders. These Disorders are split into three categories, with the Borderline being part of the second one where elements of dramatization and emotional instability are frequently evident.

Purpose: The purpose of the present study is to investigate and highlight the characteristics, the treatment and nursing approach for people with this disorder.

Methodology: The study material consisted of articles on the topic found in Greek and international databases such as: PubMed, Cochrane, Hellenic Academic Libraries Association (HEAL-Link), Scopus and PsycINFO, using keywords as: “Borderline Personality Disorder”, “Diagnosis”, “Therapy”, “Treatment”, “Holistic Care”, “Nursing Care”.

Results: Bordeline Personality Disorder is characterized as a condition in which a person differs significantly from the average of people, about how he thinks, perceives, feels or relates to others. Treatment for this Disorder does not exist, however medication is used to remission the symptoms. Nurses are part of the treatment team. They’re going to help the patient learn to live with the symptoms of his disorder. As these people are special patients, nurses must learn from their training not to focus on the patient's problem, but on the patient himself.

Conclusions: The key characteristics of Borderline are impulsivity and instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions. As there is no treatment, nurses as members of the treatment team must develop a relationship of trust with the patient in order to be able to help him in his recovery. It is important for nurses to be able to properly approach the person with Borderline Personality Disorder to learn to adapt according to his personality

Author Biographies

Marindela Pergjini, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

Nursing Department

Evangelos Fradelos, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

General Department

Ioanna V. Papathanasiou, University of Thessaly, Greece

Community Nursing Lab, Nursing Department


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How to Cite
Pergjini, M., Fradelos, E., & Papathanasiou, I. V. (2020). Borderline personality disorder and nursing approach. Mental Health: Global Challenges Journal, 3(1), 4- 10.