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Differentiating Borderline Personality Disorder from Bipolar Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder frequently co-occur (numbers range from 8% to 18%), although they are distinct clinical entities (Paris J et al, Compr Psychiatry 2007;48(2):145–154). A proper diagnosis guides the most effective treatment, but you’ve probably faced the difficult challenge of diagnosing these conditions, which share several clinical features.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Primer

Marsha Linehan developed DBT to help patients with BPD (Linehan MM, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York, NY: The Guilford Press;1993), and over the past two decades it has received strong empirical support.

Medications for Borderline Personality Disorder

Most authorities in the world of borderline personality disorder (BPD) say that psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment and that medications should only be used adjunctively to treat symptoms as they arise. Nevertheless, medications are used relatively frequently for this disorder. The Journal of Affective Disorders recently published a useful review of studies looking at the role of medications in treating borderline personality disorder (Abraham PF and Calabrese JR, J Aff Disord 2008, early online access). We’ve organized the information by medication class, and, in some cases, provide references to the original studies.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Primer [Free Article]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy - The Carlat Behavioral Health Report

Although it has not been established how the effectiveness of DBT compares with that of other therapies, DBT is the most evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Primer [Free Article]

Marsha Linehan developed DBT to help patients with BPD (Linehan MM, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. New York, NY: The Guilford Press;1993), and over the past two decades it has received strong empirical support.