Borderline patients are defined as individuals with a personality disorder who have an instability in their personal relationships, engage in impulsive behavior, and have unstable moods. Intense, fluctuating emotions of love and hate are typical of borderline patients. They need emotional support because they are constantly threatened by people and circumstances. It is often very difficult to develop a good doctor-patient relationship with borderline patients because the swings of affect are rapid. Borderline patients are always afraid, but this fear may be masked by outbreaks of anger. These patients are best handled with reassuring words.
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