A Case Report of Blood Sucking Behavior in a Patient with Borderline Personality Disorder

Document Type: Case Report


1 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

2 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Kerman, Iran


Self-mutilation is defined as intentional damaging of the body without intention to die. Patients with borderline personality disorder frequently mutilate themselves by means of cutting, burning and abrading their skin. In this case report, a patient with borderline personality disorder is described who has cut his skin and suck his blood Several times. He had also the history of killing pigeons and sucking their blood. One time he had sucked his wife’s blood. Blood sucking is the main theme of Bram Stocker’s novel in which the character of the novel, Dracula, sucked the blood of human beings. Here we present blood sucking as a real symptom and not an imaginary one. This symptom associated with self cutting is well understood in borderline personality disorder.