What Works in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
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CitationChoi-Kain, Lois W., Ellen F. Finch, Sara R. Masland, James A. Jenkins, and Brandon T. Unruh. 2017. “What Works in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.” Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports 4 (1): 21-30. doi:10.1007/s40473-017-0103-z. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40473-017-0103-z.
AbstractPurpose of the Review This review summarizes advances in treatments for adults with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in the last 5 years. Recent Findings Evidence-based advances in the treatment of BPD include a delineation of generalist models of care in contrast to specialist treatments, identification of essential effective elements of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and the adaptation of DBT treatment to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and BPD. Studies on pharmacological interventions remain limited and have not provided evidence that any specific medications can provide stand-alone treatment. Summary The research on treatment in BPD is leading to a distillation of intensive packages of treatment to be more broadly and practically implemented in most treatment environments through generalist care models and pared down forms of intensive treatments (e.g., informed case management plus DBT skills training groups). Evidence-based integrations of DBT and exposure therapy for PTSD provide support for changing practices to simultaneously treat PTSD and BPD.
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