Borderline Personality Disorder

Today’s Take: Unique therapy gives hope to ‘hopeless’

There was a time not too long ago when clients with chronic suicidal, self-harming or other self-destructive impulses were considered impossible cases to treat.

Many of them were survivors of severe childhood trauma — trauma that left them feeling worthless, unable to trust other people and having difficulty responding to treatment.

For such clients, traditional therapy proved ineffective.

The dangerous pattern of self-harming/suicidal behavior makes it difficult for clients to accept help. It is both frightening and frustrating. Often, friends and family feel helpless and are not sure who to turn to for support.

In the past, these clients were often termed “impossible” or “hopeless.”

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