Mercifully, the days of mental health professionals believing that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an untreatable condition are over. Empirical studies are rapidly accruing, demonstrating that there ARE now effective therapies (for example, dialectical behaviour therapy, also known as DBT – click here to read my article on this).
Furthermore, it is now acknowledged that BPD is an extremely serious condition. This acknowledgement is important as it increases the likelihood of research into the illness attracting greater funding. Indeed, research into both the causes of BPD and therapies to treat it is really beginning to take off.
Also, in the days when BPD was poorly understood and more highly stigmatized, psychiatrists were reluctant to give their patients with the condition. However, in these rather more enlightened times, those who meet the DSM (diagnostic statistical manual) criteria are much more likely to be given the diagnosis than before. This is vitally important as it allows the patient…
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