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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00430


  • 1Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
  • 2University of Bergen, Norway

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder estimated to affect 1-2% of the general population. As a group, people with BPD endure a high degree of suffering, often leading to suicide attempts, self-harm and suicide. Comparatively few studies explore the first person perspective of the person suffering from any mental health disorder. This might be especially problematic for people diagnosed with BPD, as this particular diagnosis is followed by stigma potentially making help seeking harder and helping relationships more vulnerable. We interviewed 12 female participants recently diagnosed with BPD in-depth about their experiences with recovery and treatment, and used a stepwise reflective approach to rigorously analyse the data. Results show an overarching theme of working toward connectedness, with four constituent sub-themes. We discuss the findings with regard to empirical work, recovery and autonomy, and the risk of epistemic injustice that people with BPD risk facing.

Keywords: Borderline, personality disorder, Recovery, Treatment, Qualitatave methodology

Received: 29 Aug 2018; Accepted: 12 Feb 2019.

Edited by:

Nuno Conceicao, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Reviewed by:

Jeremy Holmes, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Mario Speranza, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France  

Copyright: © 2019 Kverme, Natvik, Veseth and Moltu. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Christian Moltu, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, 5063, Hordaland, Norway,