Authors: Judy and Bob Burke, SA
Event: 2012 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CARERS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH, Improving physical health
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: People affected by BPD [Borderline Personality Disorder] have a high potential for recovering their citizenship, but only if they receive the right help.This paper examines the capability of today's Mental Health system to address the needs of consumers and carers affected by BPD, from two carers' perspective, utilising the lessons learned in their daughter's experience. Stating that most carers want the best for their loved one, and are both strong advocates and valuable resources for the consumer's best outcomes, the paper illustrates the enormous stigma applied to people with this condition, and the barriers which the system puts in the way of consumer recovery.The case study then moves on to discuss the effectiveness of various commonly-used strategies, including IPRSS and CRCs, and addresses the relative merits of medication and psycho-therapy. The chance discovery of a break-through approach to the treatment of people with BPD completes the case study, and leads to suggested system improvements.After discussing the burden and needs of carers in the BPD area, the paper concludes by proposing a different, proven approach to treating this illness, which offers ways of bypassing the stigma and barriers and maximising the potential for citizenship recovery.