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Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common and severe disorder, traditionally presumed to be highly resistant to change and difficult to treat. However, recent research has challenged skepticism about treatment for BPD. Longitudinal studies such as the McLean Study of Adult Development and the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorder study have followed patients with BPD for 10 or more years and showed that large percentages remit and show reliable improvements in psychosocial functioning and reductions in suicidality and co-occurring psychopathology. Treatment researchers have been concurrently developing systematic approaches to treat individuals with BPD from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and several treatments have shown efficacy in research trials. Psychotherapeutic treatments, in particular, have been shown to be useful in the treatment of BPD, whereas effective psychopharmacological ...

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