Today I'm writing to share two stories about treatment for borderline personality disorder. They are both by Shari Roan of the Los Angeles Times. The first is dated April 6, 2011 and the second is from 2009. For the full stories click on the titles.
Borderline personality disorder usually goes away over time, but patients can be left with lingering "scars" that continue to hold them back in life, according to a major study on the disorder published Monday.
However, the study, a 10-year project found that 85% of the people with BPD experienced remission and only 12% of those patients relapsed. The relapse rate was lower than for either major depression or other personality disorders.
Treatments for BPD have improved as has the training of therapists in working with these patients. But future therapies should be devoted to helping people with BPD address functional impairment as they recover from their symptoms, the authors wrote.
Borderline personality disorder was center stage in May, 2009 at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Assn. -- with multiple sessions and speakers devoted to the topic. And the message from the meeting was clear: After years during which they threw up their hands, leaders in psychiatry now want to convey a more positive message about the condition and what can be done to help those who have it.
"Borderline personality disorder is considered a pejorative term," says Dr. Richard G. Hersh, a psychiatrist at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. "But there are new treatments and new data that give reason for optimism."
Click on the links for the full stories.