Borderline Personality Disorder: 6 Studies of Psychosocial Interventions

Sy Atezaz Saeed, MD, MS; Angela C. Kallis, MD


Curr Psychiatr. 2022;21(2):18-26. 

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is associated with serious impairment in psychosocial functioning.[1] It is characterized by an ongoing pattern of mood instability, cognitive distortions, problems with self-image, and impulsive behavior that often results in problems in relationships. As a result, patients with BPD tend to utilize more mental health services than patients with other personality disorders or major depressive disorder.[2]

Some clinicians believe BPD is difficult to treat. While historically there has been little consensus on the best treatments for this disorder, current options include both pharmacologic and psychological interventions. In Part 1 of this 2-part article, we focused on 6 studies that evaluated biological interventions.[3] Here in Part 2, we focus on findings from 6 recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of psychosocial interventions for BPD (Table,[4–9).]


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