Inpatient treatment and borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.

You might need to be admitted to a CAMHS inpatient unit to help keep you safe during a crisis. Inpatient care is not a treatment in itself, but a place where you could have other treatments.

Treatment for BPD is generally needed longer-term, and there are concerns about the risks of being in hospital for a long time. There is evidence that it can make it harder to adapt again to life outside the hospital.

Because of this, inpatient treatment for young people with BPD is not recommended, unless there is no other way of managing the risks to you outside of hospital. NICE recommend that if you need to be admitted to a CAMHS inpatient unit to help keep you safe during a crisis, your stay in hospital should ideally be short. You can find more information about inpatient care here.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.


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