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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15303/rjeap.2016.v7i3.a7 

 

7 - PSYCHOTHERAPY OF BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Steliana Rizeanu

Hyperion University of Bucharest, Department of Psychology

Abstract

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is both a common and serious psychiatric disorder, associated with high level of psychiatric care and high levels of psychosocial impairment. The individuals with this disorder can have negative and distorted views of themselves, along with feelings of low self-worth; they might easily become argumentative, moody and impulsive. SSRI may be a good pharmacotherapy for BPT, but psychotherapy is considered the primary treatment for this personality disorder. The aim of this paper is to describe the basic treatment strategies used in DBT.

There are two psychotherapeutic approaches that have been shown to have efficacy in randomized controlled trials: psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral approach to treating borderline personality disorder, developed by Marsha Linehan.

Keywords: borderline, personality disorder, behavior dialectical therapy 

 

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