PERSONALITY DISORDER/SELF ABUSE

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    Would anyone who has any insights or good resources on the internet, please respond. My facility has no policy on admission and treatment of borderline personality disordered clients who are repeatedly readmitted and self-abuse during admission/stay. Can anyone please comment or share admission and treatment protocol.

    Thank you,



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    Barb
    Registered Practical Nurse
    Psychiatry
    Ontario CANADA
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    Originally posted by BarbRPN:
    Would anyone who has any insights or good resources on the internet, please respond. My facility has no policy on admission and treatment of borderline personality disordered clients who are repeatedly readmitted and self-abuse during admission/stay. Can anyone please comment or share admission and treatment protocol.

    Thank you,

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a compassionate psychosocial treatment for borderline personality disorder with proven effectiveness including: reduced suicidal behaviors, reduced substance abuse, reduced therapy dropout rates, and reduced hospitalization. I plan to go to a workshop soon by Patricia Verby MA LP that will give a comprehensive overview of DBT.

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    Originally posted by ck:

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    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a compassionate psychosocial treatment for borderline personality disorder with proven effectiveness including: reduced suicidal behaviors, reduced substance abuse, reduced therapy dropout rates, and reduced hospitalization. I plan to go to a workshop soon by Patricia Verby MA LP that will give a comprehensive overview of DBT.
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    CK,

    Thank you very much for responding. Ironically enough, I was just reading about Dialectical Behavior Training the night before last. I've been searching the net every night in my free time, for therapy models for this type of client. The DBT was the model that was most desirable to me and seemed the most all-encompasing for this particular client. I would love to attend such a conference but I live in a very small town and there is never any conferences within a day's trip. And despite the fact that I work in a huge facility, we are in a divestment transition between government and public governance of the facilty, so budget for such a conference is always denied. If I could afford to pay for entire conferences I would do it, but I can't. At any rate, I would be interested in learning more about this therapy, do you have any websites that you find particularly helpful? I need to present information to my team, particulary the medical part of the team. Right now we are using up nursing resources to the MAX on this one client. She is on constant observation 24/7 at an arm's length. What really gets me hot under the collar is that we are providing her with nothing more than a "paid companion". We are doing NO therapy what so ever. We are giving her no responsibility for her actions/decsisions. We aren't empowering this client AT ALL and I feel that the longer we keep her in this situation the more dependant she will become on this type of relationship. She even calls us her "body guards"! This is not therapeutic at all. The doctor is of the opinion that the nurses will be the downfall of this client because we suggest that this relationship and technique is not only NOT therapeutic but detrimental. The doctor says we are damaging the patient by suggesting this but our supervisor will not support us in any manner. (this is not unique to this situation only). I'm not even cautiously optimistic that the doctor will be ammenable to even review any info on DBT but at this point I figure there's nothing to lose. The last admission this client was on one to one, arm's length observation 24/7 for FIVE years!!!! I know this client from two other units I've worked on and aside from the obvious, I know that this current intervention DOES NOT WORK and is not therapuetic in the least.

    Thank you for your comment and if you have any good web resources, please post or email them directly.




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    Barb
    Registered Practical Nurse
    Psychiatry
    Ontario CANADA
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    I went to my favorite search engine: Dogpile.com....and entered "cutting" and then "self-mutilation"....large reponse to each inquiry ranging from professional sites to sites BY cutters FOR cutters...interesting insights!

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    From what I understand of this process, the client needs to be marginally intelligent.
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    Originally posted by Nurse Nola:
    From what I understand of this process, the client needs to be marginally intelligent.
    Hi and thanks for your input. I've been checking DBT links and it does appear that this modality is for the "outpatient" client. I still think there may be valuable therapeutic technique that can be elicited for inpatient use. Any thoughts, anyone?



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    Barb
    Registered Practical Nurse
    Psychiatry
    Ontario CANADA
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    DBT is used in my facility, but only a few people are trained in. The downfall with this therapy is that it is designed for clients in a out-patient setting. My facility uses it in an in-patient setting and from my opinion it is not that useful. From my understanding of a Borderline Personality Disorder client, it is better to discharge them as quickly as you can out of a in-patient setting. If not, then this type of client tends to become dependant on the system and will do anything....including hurt themselves very violently....to stay in an in-patient setting. Trust me, I've seen many Borderline clients over a 8 year span. Many of these clients that do leave tend to become repeat clients that come back to the in-patient setting.

    What also gets to be difficult is dealing with 5 or more on a unit....while you also have 20 other clients as well. Borderline clients burn out your staff and they all want so much attention....positive or negative....it does not matter. When you have more than 1 client on your unit, they tend to be buddies often, and they also compete against one another for staff's attention. If one gets more attention than the other, then you will often see the other act out purposely to harm themselves to attain attention....and this competion continues. These type of clients tend to be on close observation often. Treatment teams try and devise special plans for these clients, which only works temporarily. These clients are well aware of what they are doing, because remember it is a personality disorder they have. They tend to split staff often and tend to lie often about staff. Sometimes their lies get staff in trouble, and they have no remorse for their actions. They cannot stand being alone....and will converse with anyone...whether they like them or not just so they can have company....and will try and do anything to get on 1:1. Many other characteristics also occur, but I could go on and on. Hopefully this gives you some insight to help.

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    Originally posted by BarbRPN:
    Would anyone who has any insights or good resources on the internet, please respond. My facility has no policy on admission and treatment of borderline personality disordered clients who are repeatedly readmitted and self-abuse during admission/stay. Can anyone please comment or share admission and treatment protocol.

    Thank you,

    Hi there, I am a Nurse Unit Manager of a busy inpatient psych unit. I don't have any specific resources but in writing policies like this it is wise to remeber that despite repeated presentations, each admission is a separate entity, BPD patients can still suffer clinical depression, this is often overlooked due to their history. I do think a guidelines/management plan is definatley needed and my view is that long term inpatient treatment is not desireable. I have found these patient's seem to do well in long term psychotherapy/counselling with a person who knows how to manage them well.
    Contracting with voluntary patients can also be useful and even a condition of their admission.
    Michelle
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    Thanks for your comments and you are so right about s/s of depression and other problems having potential for being overlooked due to the nature of BPD. Thanks for your insights.



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    Barb
    Registered Practical Nurse
    Psychiatry
    Ontario CANADA
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    I have read some research-- someone forwarded it-- about the use of Narcan for self-mutilation. They have found that the patient secretes endorphins that block the pain and Narcan allows them to feel the consequence of their action. Borderlines usually cut because they don't feel connected to themselves; the fact that they can feel the "normal" response to pain decreases these behaviors.


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