Understanding how best to respond to the needs of Australians living with personality disorder

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November 2017 — November 2018

Personality disorder involves pervasive and persistent patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviour that significantly deviate from cultural expectations and cause clinically significant distress or impairment.

Personality disorder, particularly borderline personality disorder (BPD), is often misunderstood and stigmatised, and associated with psycho-social challenges for both those directly affected and their carers, families and supporters.

The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the needs of Australians living with personality disorder, and their carers, families and supporters. The study involved 12 semi-structured interviews and two online focus groups, involving people living with personality disorder and carers, families and supporters. Most participants described experiences related to BPD.

Team members

  • Dr Michelle Blanchard
  • Elise Carrotte

Expected outcomes

Improved management of, and access to, effective treatment and support services for people experiencing personality disorder.

Project Partners

This project was commissioned by the National Mental Health Commission.

Opportunities to contribute

The research phase of this project is complete. There are no further opportunities to contribute to this research.

Reports

Understanding how best to respond to the needs of Australians living with personality disorder (PDF, 967KB)

Treatment and support for personality disorder (summary) (PDF, 513KB)

Further information

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on this project.

Last updated: 14 May 2021

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