Treatments for BPD

Using a combination of talk therapy and medications is very effective in treating BPD.  Sometimes hospitalization may be needed to protect a person with BPD from possible self harm.

The following are therapies that have been specifically developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. If you can’t find a therapist near you who is trained in any of these treatments you should look for a therapist who knows the current thinking about BPD, has treated people with BPD, and is a person you trust and who you seems to understand you.

DBT3-46X50DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT) is a talk therapy for BPD is the most studied treatment for BPD and the one shown to be most effective.

MENTALIZATION BASED THERAPY (MBT)MENTALIZATION BASED THERAPY (MBT) is a talk therapy that helps people identify and understand what others might be thinking and feeling.

General Psychiatric Management (GMP)GENERAL PSYCHIATRIC MANAGEMENT (GPM) provides mental health professionals with an easy-to-adopt “tool box” for patients.

TRANSFERENCE-FOCUSED PSYCHOTHERAPY (TFP)TRANSFERENCE-FOCUSED THERAPY (TFP) is designed to help patients understand their emotions and interpersonal problems.

MEDICATIONS There is no single medication specifically developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. However, there are medications to treat other conditions that can occur along with BPD such as depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and anger. Many people with BPD are prescribed medications that address those symptoms.   Medications may include antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs. Some of these medicines can have notable side effects and you should work with a knowledgeable prescribing psychiatrist to closely monitor any changes in your health. Although they are not a cure for BPD, medications like these can enhance the results of therapy.  HOSPITALIZATION→