Borderline Personality Disorder

Information on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

BPD Treatment

What treatments help people with Borderline Personality Disorder?

While in the past many mental health professionals have viewed Borderline Personality Disorder as having a poor prognosis, in recent years several psychological treatments have emerged as effective treatments for BPD. However these treatment approaches typically require undergoing psychological psychological therapy for well in excess of 12 months.


Recent research suggests that the majority of BPD sufferers improve over time with treatment. In fact, many improve to the point where they no longer qualify for the diagnosis of BPD. However it sometimes takes several years for sufferers to achieve this level of improvement.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, or DBT, is a treatment approach which aims to teach BPD sufferers skills to better manage their emotions.


Schema Therapy aims to help people with BPD overcome dysfunctional core beliefs which are believed to be the cause of negative thinking patterns and emotional reactivity.


Other psychological treatment approaches include: Transference focused Psychological Therapy, Mentalization approaches, and variants of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).


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Medications are also sometimes used in the treatment of BPD. While there is no medication "cure" for BPD, psychiatrists often prescribe medication to treat some of the symptoms that may accompany BPD.


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