Promising new therapies
Borderline personality disorder has shown some responsiveness to therapy. Therapy involves learning about your condition and thinking and talking about how you feel, think, and behave. If possible, find a mental health care provider familiar with treating personality disorders. Several therapies have shown promise for the treatment of borderline personality disorder.
Transference-focused psychotherapy. Transference-focused psychotherapy works through the relationship between you and your therapist. When emotions and difficulties inevitably arise in the relationship, the therapist will help you understand and work through them. You can then use what you have learned in your relationship with your therapist to improve your relationships with family, friends, and others.
Dialectical behavior therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy focuses on developing skills for handling stress, regulating emotions, tolerating negative emotions, and improving relationships. DBT was developed specifically to treat borderline personality disorder, and research has shown it to be an effective approach.
Schema therapy. This therapy is based on “schemas,” which are “broad, pervasive themes regarding oneself and one's relationship with others, developed during childhood and elaborated throughout one's lifetime, and dysfunctional to a significant degree.” In schema therapy, a therapist trained in the therapy helps you to recognize and switch out of self-defeating schema modes as quickly as possible, get in touch with your core feelings, and get your emotional needs met in healthier ways.
With these advances in treating borderline personality disorder and new theories about the underlying thoughts, emotions, and styles of personality disorders in general, the hope is that more breakthroughs for treatment will occur.