Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has launched a new guide to assist health professionals to recognise and treat Borderline Personality Disorder. The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder was developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council(NHMRC) at the Government's request.
Mr Butler said Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was the most serious and common of the personality disorders, affecting adolescents and adults. The new guideline will complement the Government's record $2.2 billion investment in better mental health services, including through the Partners in Recovery initiative which is of particular relevance for those with a lived experience of BPD. Mr Butler said the new guide was designed to improve understanding and recognition of BPD in health services and in the broader community. It includes 63 recommendations on diagnosis, management, and treatment and information for carers and families.