BPD Treatment

Psychotherapy is the fundamental treatment for BPD.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness that centres on the inability to manage emotions effectively.

Effective evidence-based psychotherapies include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Schema-focused Therapy, Mentalization-based Therapy (MBT) and good psychiatric management. In Australia DBT is the most used form of psychotherapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

There are no medications specifically approved for the treatment of BPD. However, since BPD is almost always accompanied by other mental health conditions (for example depression and anxiety) medications are often prescribed for these co-occurring conditions.
Borderline Personality Disorder - Sanctuary support group
Sanctuary BPD Carer Support Group
BPD Prognosis

The good prognosis diagnoses

Dr. Perry Hoffman (co-founder of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder) has called BPD the “good prognosis diagnoses).

In a presentation to the US National Institute of Mental Health she noted:

  • Recovery from BPD is possible and likely
  • After 2 years of treatment more than 50% of patients recover
  • After 10 years more than 80% recover
  • 88% remain in recovery

However, she also said that BPD is under-diagnosed, misunderstood and over-stigmatized!