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Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder

Understand the various treatment options for borderline personality disorder. Treatments for BPD include medication, hospitalization, self-help strategies, and many forms of psychotherapy. Learn more about the treatments that are available and the effectiveness of these treatments here.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that targets the “cognitive” (thinking-related) and “behavioral” (action-related) aspects of a psychological condition. The goal of CBT is to help you to reduce your symptoms by changing the way you think about or interpret situations, as well as the actions that you take in your daily life.

Mood Stabilizers for BPD - Are They Effective?
It has become increasingly common for psychiatrists to prescribe mood stabilizers for borderline personality disorder, and there is some evidence that these medications can be effective in reducing some of the emotion dysregulation and impulsivity symptoms of the disorder in particular.

What is Phone Coaching and How Can It Help You?
Phone coaching is an important aspect of dialectical behavioral therapy for borderline personality disorder. What exactly is phone coaching, and how can it help you? How can you get a phone coach?

Antidepressants for BPD
While psychotherapy is considered the central aspect of treatment for personality disorder (BPD), many people are prescribed antidepressants for BPD. No medication is FDA approved to treat BPD, but many antidepressants have proven to be effective in reducing some of the symptoms of BPD.

Antipsychotics for Borderline Personality Disorder
Although we now know that BPD does not share features with psychosis, research has shown that antipsychotic medication for borderline personality disorder can be effective.

Anti-Anxiety Medications for BPD
Some individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are prescribed anti-anxiety medications (also called “anxiolytics”) to treat the intense anxiety and agitation that can come along with the disorder.

Benzodiazepines and Impulsivity - Your Experiences with Benzodiazepin…
Some clinicians think that there may be a link between benzodiazepine use and increased impulsivity in people with BPD. Have you had an increase in impulsivity when you were being treated with benzodiazepines? Did you find yourself getting into more trouble, doing reckless things, or self-harming more?

Going It Alone - Have You Tried To Treat BPD On Your Own
Self help treatments for BPD are not meant to be used alone, but many people without access to mental health professionals do try to treat their symptoms on their own. Have you tried a self help approach to BPD? Was it effective? Would you recommend self help alone to others with BPD?

Psychotherapy for BPD
Psychotherapy is considered to be the most important and effective component of treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). While medications and other forms of treatment can be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms of BPD, psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder is the most effective way to significantly reduce symptoms.

Have You Tried Psychotherapy for BPD - What Is Psychotherapy …
The thought of starting a new psychotherapy for BPD can be a daunting one for many people. Have you tried psychotherapy for BPD? Was it what you expected? What surprised you about the experience? Do you have any advice for others with BPD that are thinking of making the leap?

How To Get the Most Out of Therapy
Wondering how you can get the most out of therapy? Psychotherapy can be very effective, but not everyone has success in treatment. Sometimes this is because the therapy just isn’t the right fit, but sometimes the success of therapy is related to factors in your control.

Getting the Most Out of Therapy - How Do You Get the Most Out…
Do you have advice about getting the most out of therapy? Share how you have maximized your time in psychotherapy and achieved success.

EMDR Therapy
EMDR Therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, is a treatment designed to reduce psychological symptoms associated with traumatic events. Learn more about EMDR therapy, and whether this is an effective therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-linked disorders.

Inpatient Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder
Learn more about what to expect during an inpatient treatment for a mental health condition.

The Psychiatric Hospital and Borderline Personality Disorder
Find out what to expect if you are treated at a psychiatric hospital for borderline personality disorder.

Mentalization Based Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
Mentalization based therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD) may be effective in reducing symptoms and improving functioning in patients with BPD. Learn more about this treatment approach and the latest research supporting this approach.

What Can I Expect from Imaginal Exposure?
Imaginal exposure is a component of cognitive behavioral therapy that is used to treat anxiety disorders and trauma-related symptoms. During imaginal exposure, you will work with your therapist to imagine and approach fear-provoking situations.

Self-Help Strategies for Borderline Personality Disorder
While borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious condition that requires treatment by qualified mental health professionals, there are also sources of self-help for people with BPD. Learn more about these self-help strategies that can be used in conjunction with more formal treatment.

Schema-Focused Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
Schema-focused therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD) has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of BPD. Learn more about this treatment approach and the latest research support.

Transference-Focused Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
Transference-focused therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD) is another form of psychotherapy that has recently been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of BPD. Learn more about this treatment approach.

Is There a Cure for Borderline Personality Disorder?
Is there a cure for borderline personality disorder (BPD)? Does BPD respond to treatment? Find out about the latest research on treatment and BPD.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a psychotherapy that effectively reduces many symptoms of BPD. Learn what to expect in DBT, and how to find a provider.

Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder
There are a number of treatments available for BPD, including medications, psychotherapy, and intensive treatment programs.

Medications for Borderline Personality Disorder
Medications have been shown to reduce certain symptoms of BPD. Learn more about medications that are commonly prescribed for BPD.

Group Therapy Program Reduces BPD Symptoms
A study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health has found that a group therapy program, when offered in conjunction with traditional treatment for BPD, can lead to symptom improvement.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Reduces Suicide Attempts By Half
From the National Institute of Mental Health Science Update: Dialectical Behavior Therapy reduces suicide attempts, emergency room visits, and hospital admissions.

Schema-Focused Therapy is Effective for BPD
The American Psychological Association reports that Schema-Focused Therapy has been shown to be effective in significantly reducing the symptoms of BPD.

Clinical Trials from the National Institute of Mental Health
Find clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health that are currently recruiting participants, including trials offering new or experimental treatments.

The Evidence for Dialectical Behavior Therapy
A summary of the evidence of the effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for BPD from the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

What It's Like To Do Imaginal Exposure Treatment
Many people are very apprehensive about doing imaginal exposure of their trauma memories. Have you done imaginal exposure treatment? What was it like for you? What can others expect from the experience? Any advice or tips for sticking with treatment?

Common BPD Medication Side Effects
What are the side effects of the most common BPD medications?

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