Letters Personality disorder

Importance of the dynamics between patients with personality disorder and the doctors treating them

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5875 (Published 09 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5875
  1. Trevor R Gedeon, core psychiatry trainee1
  1. 1Yorkshire and Humber Deanery, Sheffield, UK
  1. trevorgedeon{at}doctors.org.uk

Gask and colleagues’ article highlights the prevalence of personality disorders and the challenges these patients present.1

When managing such patients (particularly those with emotionally unstable personality disorder) we must be mindful of transference and countertransference, which can be much more prominent than with other patient encounters. Transference is the unconscious transfer of feelings and attitudes from a person or situation in the …

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