Borderline Personality Disorder Basics

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment

Treatment for borderline personality disorder can include psychotherapy, medications or hospitalization. Types of psychotherapy that have been found to be effective in treating the disorder include family therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, mentalization-based therapy, schema-focused therapy and transference-focused therapy. Medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety drugs, can’t treat borderline personality disorder, per se, but they may prove helpful in treating co-occurring symptoms such as depression, impulsiveness and anxiety. Hospitalization may be required for more intense treatment of adolescents or young adults who are at risk of self-injury or suicidal behaviors.