“Some patients with borderline personality disorder actually need to be suicidal —when they feel no power over life, they retain the choice of death. Clinicians should therefore be cautious about removing this coping mechanism too soon. Patients with borderline personality disorder may remain suicidal until they feel in control of their fate. The knowledge that they can choose to die allows them to go on living.”
-Chronic Suicidality Among Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder – Joel Paris, M.D.