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Borderline Personality Disorder

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by Madden SL

(BPD)

 

Treatment

Treatment options have improved as BPD is better understood. Many BPD sufferers are helped by psychotherapy and medications.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive therapy helps you to change patterns of thinking that are unproductive and harmful. For example, some people have unrealistic worries that they’re going crazy or might have a heart attack. Cognitive therapy also helps you identify possible triggers for panic attacks, such as a thought, a situation, or even something that could cause an increase in your heart rate. When you understand the difference between an actual panic attack and a trigger, you have more control over the trigger.

Medication

Medication may be prescribed and adjusted based on your symptoms. Medication options may include:
  • Antidepressant drugs
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotic drugs—may be used in low doses to control distorted thinking or anxiety
 

RESOURCES

Borderline Personality Resource Center
http://www.bpdresourcecenter.org

National Mental Health Association
http://www.nmha.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Borderline Personality Disorder
http://www.borderlinepersonality.ca

Canadian Psychiatric Association
http://www.cpa-apc.org

 

References


Borderline personality disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 23, 2013. Accessed August 8, 2013.


Borderline personality disorder: fact sheet. National Mental Health Association website. Available at: http://www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/borderline.cfm. Accessed August 8, 2013.


Borderline personality disorder: raising questions, finding answers. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/topics/topic-page-borderline-personality-disorder.shtml. Accessed August 8, 2013.

 

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