How is borderline personality disorder (BPD) treated?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Historically, treatment of patients with BPD has been difficult. Therapy for BPD is as follows:

  • Dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), a modification of standard cognitive-behavioral techniques, [6] is currently the only data-supported treatment for BPD

  • For children and adolescents with BPD traits, family-oriented interventions appear to provide superior benefits

  • Most children and adolescents with traits of BPD appear to benefit from structured day programs with strong behavioral management components [7]

  • Psychotherapy is often difficult because of regression, overwhelming affect, and impulsive behavior

  • Hospitalization may be necessary because of suicidal or other self-injurious behavior


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