It is the sad truth that between five and 10 per cent of people with BPD die by suicide, says Dr. Joel Paris, a psychiatrist, expert in BPD and professor emeritus at McGill University, where he was chair of the department of psychiatry between 1997 and 2007.
“The scientific question is whether we know enough to predict and prevent such events. Unfortunately we don’t. And that is why I have suggested working with suicidal patients in outpatient therapy rather than hospitalizing them. Most experts on BPD agree with me on this point.”
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