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Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder Found Twice as Effective

November 14, 2006

Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most serious and fast-growing psychiatric disorders. Until recently, many mental health professionals considered BPD to be almost untreatable. Federal agencies, private organizations and scientists have begun to recognize the seriousness of this disorder and have intensified efforts to develop effective treatments. This has led to a significant increase in research studies on BPD in respected journals, large increases in research funding and a declaration of war on the disorder by Dr. John Oldham, former director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and an expert on personality disorders. Schema Therapy, a new treatment for BPD developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young at Columbia University in the Department of Psychiatry, has led to a major breakthrough in the battle to find an effective treatment. According to a recent study in a leading psychiatric journal, a treatment for BPD has, for the first time, led to full recovery across the full range of symptoms in a high percentage of patients. In addition to major reductions in self-harming and suicidal behaviors, BPD patients receiving Schema Therapy are now being freed from depression, hopelessness, angry outbursts and fears of abandonment and rejection. Patients are also developing stable relationships, and making basic and far-reaching changes in personality.

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View Borderline Personality Disorder resources from NAMI.