Year: 1998 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.52, no.2, (Spring 1998), p.176-190 SIEC No: 19990030

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and how culture affects its (mis)diagnosis is discussed in this paper. Examples of interactions between BPD patients and their therapists are given. Culture can affect the type of psychotherapy chosen for treatment (e.g. family or individual therapy). Suicidal behavior in BPD patients can be a learned behavior given the media’s coverage and is important for a therapist to realize so they can determine whether the behavior is false-positive or not. (61 refs.)