n African Journal of Psychiatry - Understanding borderline personality disorder - empowering patients through knowledge : The South African Depression and Anxiety Group - patients as partners

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Dealing with a personality disorder can be very frightening and challenging for both a patient and his/her family and friends. Not awarded the same attention as other mental illnesses, such as depression and bipolar, personality disorders are not very well known in society and are rarely the focus of public discussion. Extremely disruptive in nature, these disorders are long-standing and are often viewed as shameful.

An increasing amount of research in recent years has suggested that more people may be suffering from personality disorders than previously thought. The lack of acknowledgement of and information on these disorders only serves to reinforce the difficulties experienced by patients.

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