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Inside the mind of… Jay Watts

Mental Health Nursing meets Jay Watts, a consultant clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and mental health activist. Jay is also a former mental health service user. Follow her on Twitter at @Shrink_at_Large


What is the biggest challenge you are facing at the moment?

I am trying – in solidarity with survivors – to get rid of the diagnosis of ‘borderline personality disorder’ and the various ideas associated with it.

‘Borderline personality disorder’ as a diagnostic category is so problematic scientifically, that it will definitely get binned in the next ICD-11. The problem though is that the replacement diagnosis proposed will be at least as pathologising for service users. It will allow survivors to continue to be called ‘attention seeking’ and ‘manipulative’, and will used to continue to legitimise dangerous treatment and neglect.

Those of us who campaign using the banner #TraumaNotPD see changing staff attitudes as a key task. At the moment, survivors with this diagnosis are reacted to as ‘difficult’ and ‘time wasters’.

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The February/March 2018 #MHNjournal highlights include: - Mother care? Counting the cost of perinatal mental ill health - MHN Editorial Board member, Nicky Lambert is Looking back, looking forward - Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy for medically unexplained symptoms: a case study by Tom Hulme - The Mental Health & Smoking Partnership: tackling health inequality by Hazel Cheeseman - MHN Student Focus: Bethan Cumber on helping to inspire the nurses of the future - Inside the mind of... Jay Watts - Our regular updates from LPO Dave Munday and news from the mental health nursing world, including news of our 2018 support of Nursing in Practice events.