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Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

It is important when we first encounter and assess clients, either in the private or public setting, to recognise a person who is suffering a borderline personality disorder and, if we choose to continue with them, how we can help them. Here are four videos of varying lengths which help to define a borderline person and offer the chance to recognise the distress that they are in and which they may cause if you are caught unawares.

Borderline Personality Disorder – Documentary

This UK made documentary film was part of a university graduation project. It describes clearly the symptoms of BPD in a young woman, her emptiness and feelings of not belonging, and her different behaviours. It provides a list of nine symptoms relating to the disease. Watch here…..

Borderline Personality Disorder
This is a training video about BPD. A researcher suggests that  a few of the defining symptoms of BPD are polarisation, a fear of abandonment, a chronic feeling of emptiness, anger, impulsivity. A brief description of the origins of the condition is included. Watch here…

Dealing with the “Splitter” Personality
Psychiatrist Dr Judith Orloff discusses how to recognise what she calls an ’emotional vampire’ or ‘splitter’. In a brief film she describes how to deal with such clients through the use of compassion, the maintenance of strong boundaries and how to avoid getting drawn in. Watch here…

Borderline Personality Disorder Documentary
This is short documentary focuses on a woman who has had to learn to accept her diagnosis of BPD and how, through therapy, she has been able to heal. It is both touching and exciting to see her come to terms with who she is. Watch here…