Stealing Youth: Personality Disorder Goes to College
Personality disorders are common in young adults and can be very disruptive on college campuses. This chapter describes the case of a young man with major depressive disorder complicated by borderline, avoidant, and antisocial personality traits. The case presentation illustrates the evolution of his symptoms as he transitions to college, the challenges of making a correct diagnosis with inadequate corroborating information from family and previous treatment providers, and the difficulties encountered when information “silos” exist among campus offices. The discussion focuses on the importance of adequate history taking, teaching non-clinicians about maladaptive personality traits and splitting, managing safety concerns, and establishing appropriate treatment on campus.
KeywordsBorderline personality disorder in college transition Antisocial personality disorders in college DBT in college mental health centers Privacy laws affecting college students Wellness recovery action plans on college campuses
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