Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by an unstable pattern of personal relationships, changeable moods (including intense anger), poor impulse control and self-mutilating behaviour. Psychiatric nurses often see service users with BPD in negative terms as manipulative, attention-seeking or troublemakers. A qualitative study of six psychiatric nurses in London and Hampshire used interviews to explore further nurses' perceptions of people with BPD. They found that nurses saw these people as a 'destructive whirlwind'; a powerful, dangerous, unrelenting force that leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. The major themes emerging from the study were: care giving; idealized and demonized; manipulation and threatening.
Woollaston, K. and Hixenbaugh, P. - 'Destructive whirlwind': nurses' perceptions of patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing November 2008, 15(9), 703-709