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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments

(Also Known As: BPD Treatments, Borderline Treatments, Personality Disorder Treatments, Behavioral Disorder Treatments, Narcissist Treatments, Narcissistic Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments are Available?

Borderline personality disorder is treatable. There are many available treatments for BPD and either individual or group psychotherapy is common. Dialectical behavior therapy or DBT is a psychosocial treatment that can be effective in treating borderline personality disorder based on studies. 5 According to researcher Marsha Linehan, DBT helps patients to control or lessen anger, reduce the incidence of self-mutilation with fewer in-patient psychiatric stays compared to other forms of treatments. 6

Another form of therapy is the transference focused psychotherapy (TFP) which focuses on the relationship between the patient and therapist. It assists individual with BPD to understand how they feel and recognize the difficulties that come up in a relationship which are unavoidable. Pharmacological treatment involves treatment with drugs prescribed for symptomatic relief, 7 since there are no specific medications that can treat BPD. A combination of drug treatment is often administered to relieve symptoms. 8 Antidepressant drugs are commonly prescribed to manage depression and anxiety which are common among people with borderline personality disorder. Also prescribed are mood stabilizers such as Depakote, Tegretol, or Lithium. SSRIs are prescribed to manage impulsive behavior. Common drugs for this purpose are Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. Tegretol is a drug of choice for uncontrolled and extreme irritability. With irrational thinking, antipsychotic drugs can be helpful. 9 Other treatment option for BPD is through hospitalization. This can help prevent self injury especially when the patient shows marked suicidal tendencies. 10

Could You Have Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder Topics

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