chapter  24
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Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Suicidal Potential in Borderline Patients

IN WHAT FOLLOWS, I describe clinical conditions in which concern for a borderline patient's suicide potential becomes paramount. I also give consideration to the clinical management of the patient. In addition to my clinical experiences with patients and with colleagues' and supervisees' work over the years, the background for this review is a critical analysis, from the vantage point of my position as medical director of a 300-bed psychiatric hospital, of cases of averted and of completed suicide that have come to my attention in the last five years.