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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments

Treatment

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

Psychotherapy

Individual, group, and family therapy form the basis of BPD treatment. Individual psychotherapy usually consists of 2-3 sessions a week for a period of years. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavior therapy that has shown particular success with individuals with BPD. It may be delivered as group therapy. The goal of therapy is to help the person with BPD:

  • Understand his or her behavior
  • Improve his or her ability to tolerate frustration, anxiety , loneliness, and anger
  • Control impulsive behavior
  • Improve social skills

Family therapy may help family members deal with the effects of BPD and provide support to the BPD sufferer.

Medication

Antidepressant drugs and mood stabilizers may be used to treat coexisting depression and mood swings. Antipsychotic drugs may be used in low doses to control distorted thinking or anxiety.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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