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Getting help for borderline personality disorder

If you feel you aren't coping with your borderline personality disorder (BPD), see your GP. If they think it's necessary, they might refer you to a counsellor or therapist. You can also find a counsellor, therapist or psychiatrist yourself in the Family Services Directory.

You can go to the Canterbury Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC). It provides information, education and support within Canterbury and the West Coast to people with mental health and addiction issues, whānau/families, caregivers, agencies and the community.

Very rarely, some people may need to be referred by their GP to the Specialist Mental Health Service.

Doctors don't usually prescribe medications to people with BPD. But some people may need them short-term or to treat other mental health disorders such as depression.

On the next page: Supporting someone with borderline personality disorder

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created May 2020.

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