What is included in the long-term monitoring of borderline personality disorder (BPD)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Patients usually require long-term psychotherapy with an appropriate therapist in an individual setting, a group setting, or both.

Both the time to attainment of recovery from BPD and the stability of recovery vary from patient to patient. In a study involving 290 inpatients with BPD, 93% attained a remission of symptoms lasting at least 2 years, 86% attained a remission lasting at least 4 years, and 50% achieved recovery. [35] Recovery from BPD seems difficult for many patients to attain; however, once it is attained, it can be relatively stable over time.

A separate study found that a 10-year course of BPD is associated with high rates of remission, low rates of relapse, and severe social functioning impairment, which is persistent. [36]


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