Borderline personality disorder natural treatment
June 6 2016

Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a serious mental illness marked by intense mood swings and difficulty with emotional control, impulsive behavior, problems maintaining personal relationships, and high rates of self-injury and suicidal behavior.

Psychological or psychosocial intervention is recommended as the primary treatment for borderline personality disorder and pharmacotherapy is only advised as an adjunctive treatment. The amount of research about the underlying, abnormal, psychological or biological processes leading to the manifestation of a disordered personality is increasing, which could lead to more effective interventions in the future.

Drug treatment, medications
While there are no drugs that specifically treat borderline personality disorder, some medications can improve certain symptoms of the psychiatric condition. Specifically, certain newer antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia appeared to improve BPD patients' emotional instability and impulsive behavior. Two drugs -- aripiprazole (Abilify) and olanzapine (Zyprexa) -- show benefits. Medications known as mood stabilizers, often used for bipolar disorder, seemed to aid patients' emotional control and rein in impulsivity. Benefits were seen with the drugs topiramate (Topamax), divalproex sodium (Depakote) and lamotrigine (Lamictal), which are all anti-seizure medications that have mood-stabilizing effects. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2010.

Talk therapy
As of 2016, "talk therapy" is the cornerstone of managing BPD, and no drug is specifically approved for treating the disorder.