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Am Fam Physician. 1995 Sep 1;52(3):908-14.

Recognizing borderline personality disorder in the family practice setting.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia, USA.


The first step in the management of borderline personality disorder is making the correct diagnosis. A clinical example illustrates symptoms of a patient with borderline personality disorder in a family practice setting. Major characteristics of borderline personality disorder include severe mood instability, fear of abandonment, chronic boredom, self-injury, unstable interpersonal relationships, "splitting," identity instability and borderline rage. Early diagnosis may help prevent potential management problems and possible doctor-patient conflicts.

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