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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment options for borderline personality disorder have improved greatly in the past few years. Effective treatments include the following:

  • antidepressant medicines
  • antipsychotic medicines to treat distorted thinking
  • dialectical behavior therapy, which is a unique combination of behavioral and cognitive therapy designed for people with this disorder
  • group or individual psychotherapy
  • medicines that stabilize the person's mood
  • Unfortunately, many people with BPD are not compliant with their treatment plans.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Medicines used to treat the disorder may cause drowsiness, dry mouth, and allergic reactions.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Most people with borderline personality disorder have lifelong problems. As people get older, they often become a little more stable. Most people with this disorder need help and therapy for life, if they are willing to accept it.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Regular visits to a therapist are usually advised. Regular blood tests may be ordered to monitor medicine levels. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 06/15/01

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