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Advocacy for People with Borderline Personality Disorder


Journal of Psychiatric Practice®: January 2014 - Volume 20 - Issue 1 - p 68–70
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000442941.93855.25
COLUMNS: Advocacy

Although many of the largest and best known consumer and family mental health advocacy organizations do not restrict themselves to a single diagnosis, over the last few decades an increasing number of disease-specific mental health advocacy organizations have emerged. This column describes the development of a movement advocating for consumers and families affected by borderline personality disorder (BPD) as an example of two trends in the mental health advocacy field: closer ties between advocacy and professional groups and specialization to better address the different needs created by different diagnoses. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2014;20:68–70)

Anand Pandya, MD: Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Sources of support: Dr. Pandya works as a consultant for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.