Borderline Personality Disorder Unit
What do we do?
The Blue Healthcare Borderline Personality Disorder Unit offers a comprehensive approach to personality, to deal with psychological, family and social difficulties, and the biological vulnerability of these disorders. Our treatments are designed to suit each person and seek to strengthen personality and psychological balance.
The method to achieve these objectives includes:
- Medical-psychiatric study
- Psychological and personality study
- Intensive psychotherapy adapted to each person
- Vocational therapy and occupational guidance
- Companionship and social support
- Social skills training
- Strengthening values and cooperativeness
- Leisure and free time planning
- School for training and helping families
Services portfolio: A programme for each individual
- Programme to improve behaviour in childhood, aimed at children under 16 years.
- Programme for borderline personality disorder in adolescents and young adults aged 17 to 23 years.
- Programme for borderline personality disorder in adults over 24 years.
- Programme to treat people with personality disorder and childhood and youth trauma.
For intensive treatment for several hours a day, aimed at patients with severely limited vital functioning. There are separate Day Units for children and adolescents and for adults, which have an extensive range of psychotherapies and occupational activities, offered in group therapies, individual therapies and family therapies.
For patients who need psychological help and who are students or work, we have a personalised programme adapted to the needs of each person.
Families are major participants in the treatment of behavioural and personality disorders. In addition to family treatment, the Family School is a space for training and sharing the difficulties and problems of all involved.
The treatment’s humanistic dimension offers a set of integrated activities aimed at:
- Developing each person's values
- Considering the patient as an active member of society and their surroundings with their own identity, own way of understanding and interacting with their surroundings and with the capacity to engage with most of their peers
Dr D. José Luis Carrasco Perera
Dr José Luis Carrasco is Professor of Psychiatry at the Complutense University of Madrid and head of department at the San Carlos Clinical Hospital, where he manages the Personality and Behavioural Disorder Unit.
He received his Bachelor’s degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid and the qualification of specialist in Psychiatry at the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid. Research fellow in neurobiology at Columbia University in New York. Since graduation he has carried out continuous investigative work on personality and behavioural disorders with a particular focus on brain research into aggressive impulsive behaviours and on the biological and emotional bases of personality and behaviour.
He has written numerous articles in prestigious scientific journals that reflect pioneering lines of research in the neurobiology of borderline personality disorder, including studies into emotional brain response, neurochemical dysfunctions and hypothalamic-pituitary stress response abnormalities.
Dr José Luis Carrasco developed his clinical activity at the Personality and Behavioural Disorder Unit of San Carlos Clinical Hospital, engaged in diagnosing and treating patients with disorders of affective instability and impulsivity, together with borderline personality disorders and other affective, aggressive, impulsive disorders. He organises the teaching of undergraduate students of Medicine and postgraduate programmes, directs doctoral theses and leads continuing education programmes for health professionals. He leads the Master’s course in Personality Disorders at the Complutense University and has received various awards and distinctions
He is the principal investigator for the Behavioural and Personality Disorder Group of the San Carlos Health Research Institute (IdISSC) and for the Cibersam Mental Health Research Network, having directed numerous national and international research projects in this area. Dr José Luis Carrasco was the founding president of the Spanish Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, director of the Borderline Personality Disorder project of the National Health Strategy and promoter of the European EUNET Network for the study of impulsive personality disorders.