Mental Health Week: Support for People with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorders is Lacking

5th May 2017

Personality disorders fall under the mental health umbrella. Nearly half of all people diagnosed with a personality disorder are given a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder, and around three quarters of these are women.

There are very few services that safely meet the needs of these individuals in the community, but two of these are in Leeds and Nottingham operated by the Heathcotes Group. Their specialist Clinical Psychologist, Dr Peter Burbridge (pictured), explained more about the condition:

“Some of the feelings that people with emotionally unstable personality disorder may experience are abandonment, loneliness and very intense emotions. They may also struggle to make and keep stable relationships, act impulsively, and self-harm. Treatment can help individuals work out which thought and behaviour patterns are useful, and which aren't. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is one of the most commonly used treatment methods for people with emotionally unstable personality disorders. It aims to reduce life threatening behaviours, non- life threatening self-harm, and behaviours that are likely to lead to placement breakdown.

Without specialist services like ours Individuals will most likely be placed in hospital, supported living or non-specialist residential services that are unable to manage their behaviours and meet their needs. Our service provision mean that more individuals are discharged from hospital, or avoid hospital admission all together, in line with the Transforming Care agenda.”

Mental health is complex. It’s a condition which will affect most of us directly or indirectly during our lifetime. More specialist care, such as that provided by Heathcotes, will enable more people to maintain increased independence and a greater quality of life.

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