Suicide, suicide litigation, and borderline personality disorder

J Pers Disord. 2004 Jun;18(3):248-56. doi: 10.1521/pedi.


In the category of malpractice liability affecting mental health practitioners of all disciplines, malpractice based on suicide is the leading claim by a significant margin. Our discussion here will be organized in two sections. First, we consider the theory, practice, and psychology of malpractice litigation itself in relation to suicide. Second, we describe how those basic principles apply to patients with borderline personality disorder.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Borderline Personality Disorder / therapy*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Humans
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicide / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • United States