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Svart mot vitt, Att leva med Borderline Personlighetsstörning: En kvalitativ litteraturstudie
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Black versus white, to live with borderline personality disorder (English)
Abstract [en]


Borderline personality disorder is a complex mental disorder that has become increasingly common in those individuals who seek care today. These individuals are often perceived as being different by society and the health care system, because of the prejudice and lack of knowledge that exists around mental illness and borderline personality disorder. Aim: Highlighting adults experiences of living with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Method: Literature study with qualitative approach. Seven articles were chosen to be read, reviewed and analyzed. Results: Three categories with seven subcategories appeared. Experiences of emotional pain, feelings of not being like everyone else and experiences of social interactions. Conclusion: The results show in general negative experiences in several different aspects. Feelings of hope for the future were countered with suicidal thoughts and self-destructive behavior. Negative emotions in behavior from society but also from health professionals, stigma that constantly surrounded their life-world, an attitude which in most cases is due to large gaps in knowledge. The authors included research that was done 20 years ago, and the results of this study show that the response and experience of the individuals has not been changed. This means that the knowledge is not as high as it should be and the skills of health professionals are not as current as it should be. Future research should focus on how health professionals should be able to raise their level of knowledge and respond to individuals in a more customized way.

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2014. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Borderline personality disorder, patient perspective, experiences, stigma, qualitative.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7168Local ID: EXO500OAI: diva2:771781
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Nursing science
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Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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