Mental Health Question #9


A 32-year-old client with borderline personality disorder is at a follow-up mental health clinic appointment. The client’s behavior consists of childlike behaviors. The nurse suspects the childlike behavior is the result of:


  1. Unresolved repressed thinking.
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  2. Conflict with the ego.
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  3. Unrestrained id dominance.
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  4. Overdeveloped superego
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The id forces are primitive and similar to childlike. As a result, immediate gratification is needed, and immature behaviors usually correlate to a period in which emotional growth and development was frozen (as in abuse). The immaturity has no logic and can swing between the immature childlike state to abusive state.

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