Mental disorder seen as 'badness, not sickness'

Many clinicians regard borderline personality disorder as untreatable trouble

By Bruce Bower, 12:53 PM August 14, 2013

NEW YORK CITY — Psychiatrists regularly get criticized for turning typical life problems into medical disorders. But in an odd reversal, many mental health clinicians are trying to transform one certified mental illness, borderline personality disorder, into a label for needy, manipulative people who don’t need treatment, a sociologist reported at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting on August 11.

Patients with borderline personality disorder, unlike people with schizophre...

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