Cases That Test Your Skills

Command hallucinations, but is it really psychosis?

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Oral ziprasidone, 20 mg/d twice daily, is initiated during 2 brief inpatient psychiatric admissions; however, it is successfully tapered within 1 week of discharge, in partnership with the ACT program.

In the 23 months after her discharge, Ms. D has had 1 ED visit and 2 brief inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations, which is markedly fewer encounters than she had in the 2 years before her LTSR placement. She has also lost an additional 30 lb since her LTSR discharge through a healthy diet and exercise.

Ms. D is now considering transitioning to living independently in the community through a residential supported housing program.

Bottom Line

Psychotic symptoms in patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are typically fleeting and mostly occur in the context of intense interpersonal conflicts and real or imagined abandonment. Long-term structured residence placement for patients with BPD can allow for careful formulation of a treatment plan, and help patients gain effective skills to cope with difficult family dynamics and other stressors, with the ultimate goal of gradual community integration.

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Drug Brand Names

Benztropine • Cogentin
Haloperidol • Haldol
Hydrochlorothiazide • Microzide, HydroDiuril
Hydroxyzine • Vistaril
Levothyroxine • Synthroid,
Metoprolol ER • Toprol XL
Olanzapine • Zyprexa
Pantoprazole • Protonix
Polyethylene glycol • MiraLax, Glycolax
Quetiapine • Seroquel
Senna • Senokot
Sertraline • Zoloft
Valproate • Depakene, Depakote
Ziprasidone • Geodon

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