Characteristics of recent suicide attempters with and without Borderline Personality Disorder

Michele S Berk, Elizabeth Jeglic, Gregory K Brown, Gregg R Henriques, Aaron T Beck
Archives of Suicide Research: Official Journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research 2007, 11 (1): 91-104
The present research compared recent suicide attempters with and without a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). One hundred and eighty recent suicide attempters, recruited in the Emergency Department, participated in extensive research interviews. Results showed that suicide attempters with BPD displayed greater severity of overall psychopathology, depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, past suicide attempts, and had poorer social problem solving skills than those without a BPD diagnosis. No differences were found between the groups regarding the intent to die or lethality associated with the index suicide attempt. These findings highlight the seriousness of BPD and the risk that individuals diagnosed with this disorder will attempt suicide.

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