In January 2009, NICE published a new guideline on treating and managing borderline personality disorder. Victoria Green, a guideline development group member representing service users and carer interests, explains why implementing this guideline matters.
"I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder about 10 years ago when in my early 20s, although I had displayed symptoms throughout most of my adolescence.
"I feel I have been fortunate enough to have benefited from a positive experience of mental health services which helped me to achieve what I consider to be a recovery from this disorder.
"My story is a positive one, but for many it is different. I know of people who have been denied access to services or have only been allowed minimal support, or have been given a different and inappropriate diagnosis and so on. Unfortunately, two of my friends with borderline personality disorder lost hope and gave up.
"There is considerable misunderstanding about borderline personality disorder both within and outside mental health services. People with borderline personality disorder aren't inherently bad, but are usually people who have encountered difficult early experiences and led difficult lives.
For me, the NICE guideline for borderline personality disorder represents an important step forward. If people with this condition are able to have better access to treatment that fully addresses their needs, as well as being in an environment that encourages understanding, optimism and hope, then I believe more people will be able to move on from this disorder to live fulfilling lives. I believe more people could recover."
This page was last updated: 10 August 2009