Mentalization-based treatment for borderline personality disorder
A small, long-term study concludes that this therapy is effective.
Borderline personality disorder is one of the most challenging psychiatric disorders to treat. It affects about 2% of people in the general population, but roughly 20% of hospitalized psychiatric patients. The disorder consists of three major components: an unstable sense of self, impulsive thoughts and behaviors, and sudden shifts in mood.
As a result, patients with borderline personality disorder may become suddenly depressed, irritable, anxious, or enraged for no apparent reason. They provoke conflict, even while fearing abandonment. They engage in self-destructive habits such as self-mutilation or substance abuse, and are at higher-than-average risk for suicide.