I regret to inform you that I will no longer be attending your practice. When I first visited you, nearly a year ago, in September last year, I explained to you that I had been diagnosed for several years now with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I also explained to you that I had struggled to find a GP who had sufficient knowledge about my condition to entrust as my primary care provider, a role which is vital to my ongoing treatment & hopes of getting better one day. I began to trust that you could fill this role, until our most recent appointment, when I was shocked to learn your knowledge of my condition was insufficient to even explain it to your colleague when she had never heard of BPD before meeting me.
However, it was your decision to defer to me to make the explanation when you were unable to do so that was really the deciding moment, & I feel it necessary to point out how unacceptable that is, to place that expectation on me – as a doctor, to expect the patient to explain their condition to a colleague of yours, & to educate you both in doing so, is simply not my role, nor should it be expected of me, or of any patient.
Therefore, I have compiled a list of far more suitable resources you can use to increase your knowledge, from sources which are designed for you to glean this information from, to avoid any other patients from needing to play the role you expected I would. I hope you, & your colleague, can learn from these, & go on to provide the degree of proactive, positive & hopeful care which is so important in your roles, in the lives of others with Borderline Personality Disorder who you will encounter in the future.
Mental Health Professionals’ Networks (MHPN):
- MHPN – Borderline Personality Disorder Networks – The Mental Health Professionals Association (MHPA) – a collaborative alliance of the RACGP, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), The Australian Psychological Society (APS), and The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN). MHPA provides a coordinated and collaborative forum for issues affecting the four key professional groups involved in mental health care: GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health nurses. The aim of MHPA is to improve collaborative practice between these groups to improve outcomes in the delivery of primary mental health care. For more information, contact the RACGP’s Quality Care Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
- MHPN – Borderline Personality Disorder webinar
- MHPN – Supporting people living with Borderline Personality Disorder webinar
- MHPN – Evidence based treatments for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder
Project Air Strategy:
- Project Air Strategy Treatment Guidelines for Personality Disorders (2015) – These Treatment Guidelines have been developed by Project Air Strategy to assist services and practitioners working with personality disorders.
- Project Air Strategy Brief Intervention Manual (2015) – This Brief Intervention Manual has been developed by Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders. It is designed to assist services and practitioners implement an integrative relational step-down model of care. It helps to plan care, manage clients in crisis, deliver brief interventions, and connect with carers.
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC):
- NHMRC Caring for People with Borderline Personality Disorder – A Reference Guide for Health Professionals This reference guide contains information about how to care for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is a summary of the 2012 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical practice guideline for the management of borderline personality disorder. The full guideline and reference guide are intended for health professionals, including Aboriginal health workers, clinical psychologists, general practitioners, mental health nurses, mental health occupational therapists, mental health social workers, midwives, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and staff of emergency services. Health professionals should refer to the full guideline for more detailed guidance, summaries of the clinical evidence on which the guidance is based, and references (below). For further information, contact email@example.com
- NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (2012)
- NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder – Appendices
- NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder – Appendix H: Evidence Tables
National Education Alliance of Borderline Personality Disorder Australia:
NEA-BPD 6-Module Free Online Course for Professionals: This education series was designed for professionals to learn basic principles for the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is the result of a collaboration between Drs. Brian Palmer, Lois Choi-Kain, and John Gunderson. It was supported by a grant from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder to help promote its mission to provide education and build awareness on BPD.
The series of six, 20-minute modules features videos of patients/families, interactive quizzes, narrated slides, and videos from a number of experts. The video clips were made possible by Dawkins Productions, Hasting on Hudson, New York. They are all excerpts from “Living with Borderline Personality Disorder.”
Module 1: Making the Diagnosis
Module 2: Suicidality Course and Outcome
Module 3: Treatment Planning
Module 4: Treatment
Module 5: Psychopharmacology Management
Module 6: Family Involvement
Gold Coast Primary Health Network:
- Gold Coast Primary Health Network – GCPHN Mental Health Resources Resources & links to assist mental health practitioners to support people with mental health issues.