Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by marked impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, and often risky behaviors. These can wreak havoc in the lives of those suffering.
However, the condition responds well to appropriate treatment.
First line treatment for BPD is psychotherapy. This technique can teach patients to work through their urges and emotions and live stable lives.
Often, medications are also used. SSRI’s such as Prozac and Zoloft are particularly effective and have been studied extensively.
Sometimes, however, SSRI’s are not enough, and atypical antipsychotics are used. Risperdal, Zyprexa, and Seroquel are among the medications used to treat BPD symptoms.
Of note, one particular class of drugs, benzodiazepines, are contraindicated for the treatment of BPD. They have been shown to reduce inhibitions in BPD patients, leading to increased impulsivity and dangerous behaviors.
Although BPD is a serious and complicated disorder, proper treatment can enable those suffering to live stable, happy lives.
Medscape. Borderline Personality Disorder, Presentation and Treatment: 2014