Ward B3 | Specialist ward for borderline personality disorders and bipolar illnesses

Doctor in charge

Dr. med. R. Musil (Consultant)

Our ward has 24 inpatient beds and can accommodate five day care patients. Eight places are reserved for our intensive DBT programme. A large team consisting of three doctors, four psychologists, 18 nurses and a social worker ensures that our patients receive optimal care and treatment.

Main priorities

One focus of our work is the diagnosis and treatment of patients with emotionally unstable personality disorder (borderline).

A second focus is the treatment and diagnosis of bipolar illnesses (previously called manic-depressive illness).

Treatment concept

  • We work on the basis of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) according to Marsha Linehan.
  • After a preliminary talk, patients with a borderline personality disorder can participate in our ten-week DBT programme.
  • In the DBT programme patients participate in skills groups, individual psychotherapy, conversations with their primary nurse, a psychoeducation group, mindfulness-based body image therapy, a mindfulness group and occupational therapy
  • In addition, we also offer four-week DBT refreshers for patients who have already participated in a longer DBT programme and who want to refresh their knowledge and skills.
  • We also provide brief crisis interventions and stays for detailed diagnosis, if the diagnosis is still unclear.

    ’The aim of treatment is to enable patients to permanently live a fulfilled life characterised by independence and contentment within their social environment.‘
  • We offer patients with a bipolar illness comprehensive additional diagnostics for possible concomitant diseases and individually tailored treatments consisting of various elements, e.g. psychopharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and social therapy.
  • Psychoeducation (individual and group) teaches patients everything they need to know about the illness, such as how to recognise early warning signs, identify individual stressors and keep a mood diary (life-chart method). This approach should enable patients to deal with their illness independently and without fear.
  • We work closely with our specialist outpatient clinic for bipolar disorders.


We are studying the efficacy of our DBT programme in an ongoing research project to find out more about the causes of borderline illness and its associated factors.