Borderline Personality Disorders: Case Study

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I am an intern at Springwoods Behavioral Health and I was presented with a patient who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder and depression. Tammy was brought to Springwoods by her boyfriend when she threatened his life as well as her own. The intake report states that Tammy was under the influence of alcohol when she began fighting with her boyfriend who had just returned home from work. Tammy grabbed a knife and made threatening statements and movements toward herself as well as her boyfriend. The situation deescalated and Tammy was convinced by her boyfriend to come to Springwoods for help. Upon reading her intake report and conducting my own biopsychosocial assessment with her, I find that Tammy is a twenty three year old female …show more content…
Learning to be mindful helps clients focus on their present thoughts and to live in the moment. Distress tolerance is accepting the things that happen to you as they happen. Emotion regulation is the acceptance and understanding of one’s own emotional experiences. It also involved learning to decrease negative emotions and increase positive emotions. Finally, interpersonal effectiveness refers to life skills that most individuals possess. Interpersonal effectiveness is how we interact and communicate with each other, and is the foundation of healthy relationships (Love, 2016). Dialectical Behavior Therapy is the fundamental treatment practiced at Springwoods Behavioral …show more content…
PHP is a two week program which runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PHP is made up of four Dialectical Behavior Therapy focused group sessions per day, which covers all the individual domains: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Medication management by a Springwoods psychiatrist was also provided. Tammy completed the two week program and then began the step down program. More than three absences would have resulted in immediate dismissal from the program. Since there were no reported barriers to treatment and considering Tammy’s motivation to change, I did not foresee this as being a problem. An appointment was set up with a General Practitioner since the step down program does not include medication

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