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To tame a volcano: patients with borderline personality disorder and their perceptions of suffering
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry Section, Psychiatry Center, Karolinska Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1515-0485
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry Section, Karolinska Institutet.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry Section, Karolinska Institutet.
Red Cross University College of Nursing.
2005 (English)In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, ISSN 0883-9417, E-ISSN 1532-8228, Vol. 19, no 4, 160-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to investigate life situations, suffering, and perceptions of encounter with psychiatric care among 10 patients with borderline personality disorder. The results are based on a hermeneutic interpretation of narrative interviews in addition to biographical material (diary excerpts and poems). The interpretation revealed three comprehensive theme areas: life on the edge , the struggle for health and dignity-a balance act on a slack wire over a volcano , and the good and the bad act of psychiatric care in the drama of suffering . These theme areas form a movement back and forth-from despair and unendurable suffering to struggle for health and dignity and a life worth living. Common beliefs regarding these patients among personnel and implications for psychiatric care are discussed in relation to the results.

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Saunders Elsevier, 2005. Vol. 19, no 4, 160-168 p.
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borderline personality disorder
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Nursing Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-750DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2005.05.001PubMedID: 16088854OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-750DiVA: diva2:683268
Available from: 2014-01-03 Created: 2014-01-03 Last updated: 2015-10-15Bibliographically approved

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