Treatments for BPD
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
Are you looking for treatments for BPD?
Are you trying to find BPD treatment centers that specialize in behavioral therapy or DBT therapy?
Are you trying to find out what DBT therapy is?
Then you've come to the right place. Here I've explained the top known treatments for BPD, including dialectical behavioral therapy, medications, and self help.
First of all...
Why are you here?
Video About Borderline Personality Disorder
This song is My Skin by Natalie Merchant. It's dedicated to those who either have Borderline Personality Disorder or are trying to understand it. The video is pretty powerful and I think it gives an accurate view of what it's like.
More Information about BPD
The internet is one of the most useful tools anyone can have when searching for information. There are literally thousands of websites that focus on providing information about Borderline Personality Disorder. I didn't list them all because you'll find a lot of the same information on most of them. These are my favorites I go to when I need help understanding a certain aspect of BPD.
- BPD on Wikipedia
Signs, symptoms, diagnosis, causes, management, epidemiology and history of Borderline Personality Disorder.
- NIMH on BPD
Symptoms, treatment, recent research findings, and future progress of Borderline Personality Disorder.
- BPD on Mayo Clinic
Symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, tests and diagnosis, treatments and drugs, and coping and support for Borderline Personality Disorder.
- National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
NEA for BPD is a non profit agency focused on raising public awareness of BPD by providing education and promoting research about borderline personality disorder.
- Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified
An in depth review on everything having to do with BPD, written by a doctor who's dedicated his life to the development of better BPD treatments, Dr. Robert O. Friedel. One very interesting page to read on this website is Myths surrounding BPD.
Borderline Personality Disorder Therapy
The treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social and vocational functioning, and personality growth.Read more at the Mayo Clinic
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
While there are many different types of psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy is the form most therapists use to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. So far, it's the best known treatment. DBT involves working one-on-one with a therapist, while at the same time, also participating in group therapy and practicing the skills at home. It's primary goal is to teach the skills necessary to achieve four concepts:
Mindfulness is the ability to concentrate on what's happening right now. It's the ability to live in the moment and fully experience the emotions you're feeling right now. This is especially important to a Borderline because we tend to live in the past. When something happens, we study it with a fine tooth comb. We pick it apart and try to find the meaning behind every little word or action. We'll concentrate on that one moment for days, meanwhile missing everything that's happening right now.
Distress Tolerance is the ability to accept yourself and your situation, without being judgmental. With distress tolerance, you'll be more able to calmly accept a negative situation and realize it's actual impact, instead of blowing it up in your mind until it overwhelms you. This ability can help you make rational decisions in reaction to negative situations.
Emotion Regulation is the ability to identify and regulate your emotions. This is a tough one for Borderlines because often our negative emotions tend to "take over". DBT will teach you the skills needed to identify, label and increase your awareness to the emotions your feeling right now. It will also teach you how to identify certain emotion triggers and how to react to them.
Interpersonal Effectiveness is the ability to be assertive, to tell someone "no" and the ability to cope with interpersonal conflict. Strange as it may seem, a Borderline can be extremely passive. I have a hard time being assertive. When I want to ask someone for something, my mind says that person is going to think bad of me for asking. When someone asks me to do something, I always do it because I don't want them to hate me. The weird part is that Borderlines actually have excellent interpersonal skills. If someone asks us to describe how to act in a certain situation, we can tell them. But we are incapable of actually doing it ourselves. The ability to harness this skill will let you attain the goals you want without hurting your relationships.
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Center - BPD Treatment Centers
Depending on your level of symptom severity, you might need inpatient treatment. This treatment is a lot more intense than outpatient treatment because you're working on your skills daily in a controlled environment. Plus, most inpatient programs also offer more types of co-occurring therapy. Treatment time, cost and the type of therapy all differ depending on which treatment center you choose.
Here is a list of some of the top BPD treatment centers in the USA. They are listed in alphabetical order by state. If you can't find one here, try searching on Behavioral Tech. They have a huge database.
- Semel Institute at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
This is an outpatient clinic that offers a choice between two different programs. You can choose the 1 year program based on the Mentalization-Based Treatment Model or the 1 year program in Dialectic Behavior Therapy. When you sign up, you have to co
- Clearview Women's Center in Venice Beach, CA
This center is available for women who have been diagnosed with BPD. It offers residential treatment, day treatment, outpatient treatment, and transitional living. Their programs include DBT, mentalization-based interventions, Eye Movement Desensitiz
- Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT
This hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient services. The outpatient program lasts 4 weeks. The inpatient program is a minimum of four weeks. Both offer intensive DBT therapy.
- Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Illinois
This is an inpatient treatment center for women. Their BPD program revolves around DBT therapy and Expressive Therapy. They also offer a Christian Spirituality program for those who would like to grow their faith while healing their mind.
- The McLean Center in Belmont, Ma
This program is for those over the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. They offer residential care (for women only), partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment.
- SLS Residential Care in Brewster NY
This is a long term inpatient treatment center. It uses "The Angry Heart" therapy program, which includes group therapy, individual therapy, and DBT.
- Portland DBT Program in Portland, Oregon
This is an outpatient 6 month DBT program. It includes individual therapy, skills training, phone coaching, and medication.
- Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas
This clinic has both a residential program and a partial hospitalization program. An average stay for an inpatient BPD treatment is around 6-8 weeks.
- The Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic in Seattle, Washington
This is a research clinic. They offer different DBT treatments through their clinical trials. They offer individual DBT, group DBT and medication for those diagnosed with BPD. They also have a DBT skills group for friends, family and caregivers of so
Medications for Borderline Personality Disorder - Treatment Borderline Personality Disorder
While there are no medications that have been FDA approved to treat Borderline Personality Disorder as a whole, some physicians prescribe different medications to treat the individual symptoms of it.
Antipsychotics, such as Abilify and Risperdal, are prescribed at a lower dose to treat BPD patients who are especially paranoid or who experience a high number of dissociative episodes.
Mood Stabilizers like Topamax, are used to reduce impulsivity, anger, anxiety, and depression.
SSRI's (antidepressants), such as Prozac and Zoloft, are used to reduce anxiety and anger, but they have no effect on depression in a Borderline patient.
MAOI's (antidepressants), like Nardil, are sometimes used as a last resort, but only if every other medication has been tried.
Recent studies have shown that patients who receive both drug therapy and psychotherapy at the same time, improve faster than those just receiving psychotherapy.
Everyday Health has a good sized list of medications that are commonly used to treat BPD. Right now over 1000 Borderlines have left their reviews saying how each medicine worked for them, so it's a pretty good resource.
Self Help for BPD
Most inpatient treatment centers cost around $1000 a day and it's not always easy to find a therapist near you who specializes in outpatient DBT. because of this, there are a lot of people who need to seek alternative treatments for BPD. I was surprised not only to learn that there are BPD treatments available in the form of self-help books, but that these self-help books actually work. After reading all the positive reviews for this book, I bought it. That was over 3 years ago and I can't believe the progress I've made since.
The Angry Heart was written by Dr. Joseph Santoro. While he believes in the positive impact of DBT, he also believes you need to find the reasons behind your BPD diagnosis so you can confront and move past those trapped emotions. For most, that means dragging up memories that we would rather keep buried. Dr. Santoro takes you step-by-step through this childhood journey and then teaches you how to release the negative emotions you have towards those memories.
For me, this book was a godsend. It took me a while put all those horrible memories down on paper, and it took even longer to confront the feelings I had surrounding my childhood, but that's the beauty of a self-help book. You can work at your own pace!
While confronting my memories, I was also working on the exercises outlined in the book. These exercises are very similar to DBT. They start out kind of easy and then get harder the farther along you go. They are meant to be practiced daily and the more you practice each skill, the easier it is to use it when that situation comes up.
The guidelines followed in this book are the exact same ones that Dr. Santoro uses at his BPD treatment clinic.
Another book that helped
About a year ago, someone in a BPD support forum brought this book to my attention. At first, I was skeptical that a self-help DBT skills workbook could actually help. But, like the first book, this one had a lot positive reviews. So I went ahead and purchased it. While the exercises are similar to the ones in "The Angry Heart", I feel I'm learning more and improving faster by using both books.
Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group - Support groups for Borderline Personality Disorder
No matter what treatment you use for BPD, an online support group can help. These are all people that have either been where you are or they're going through the exact same thing right now. They are there to offer information when you're lost, support when you're fumbling, encouragement when you're on the right track and, sometimes, just an audience when you need to rant. As much as I hate to say "Misery loves company", it sure does help a lot to know that you're not the only one going through this.
- Everything BPD
This is a very new forum that was started by one of my friends. She wanted a place where everyone could feel comfortable talking about anything BPD, the good and the bad. I think it's off to a great start. Come join!
- Face the Facts
With over 45,000 members, this is the largest support group available for BPD. There is always someone online if you need to talk, or you have a question, or even if you just need to rant.
- Yahoo Groups: Borderline
This group was created to be a safe haven where you can express yourself freely without fear of condemnation or rejection. This is only for those who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
- MDJunction Borderline Personality Support Group
This is an online community of BPD patients, their friends, families and caregivers. At MDJunction you'll find support, information and the freedom to write about anything having to do with BPD. All they ask is that if you write something that may be
- SupportGroups.com Borderline Personality Support Group
This is a meeting place for anyone suffering from BPD or their friends and family.
- Yahoo Groups: Angry Heart
This group is for those that have been diagnosed with BPD and have decided to help themselves by using the self-help book "The Angry Heart". This group focuses on the positives, so constant negative posts won't be allowed.
- BPD Recovery Forum
This is a peer support group open to BPD patients, or anyone who knows a BPD patient. Along with the forum, this site also offers self-help tools and support.
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