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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Information
IU Health Behavioral Health physicians and counselors use a specific form of psychotherapy and medications to help you manage your borderline personality disorder.
- Psychotherapy. “Talk therapy” is usually the first line of defense in combating the debilitating effects of borderline personality disorder. At IU Health, our approach teaches you how to prevent symptoms from interfering with the normal functions of your everyday life.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy. This type of therapy trains you to be aware of the situation around you and teaches you to control your behaviors and emotions. It uses different approaches to deal with each unique situation. There is a skill or coping mechanism – such as problem solving or distraction – for each symptom. You can watch TV or read a book to change a harmful mindset. Self-soothing is another technique. You can calm yourself with comforting sights, smells and tastes.
- Medicines. There are no medications specifically approved for borderline personality disorder. Your physician may prescribe prescription-only drugs to help manage other symptoms – like depression, anger and impulsivity – that impact your borderline personality disorder.
- Medication management. If your psychiatrist recommends medicines to treat depression, anxiety or impulsivity, he or she will also monitor how well you respond to these treatments. You meet with your psychiatrist regularly to discuss any side effects or concerns. Adjustments to your medicines are made to alleviate any issues and best treat your symptoms.
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Borderline Personality Disorder Support Services
Learn more about borderline personality disorder treatments by visiting these websites:
A Sampling of Borderline Personality Disorder Support Services
IU Health Neuroscience Center Psychiatry
IU Health Neuroscience delivers mental health services for adults and children, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery.
National Institute of Mental Health
A scientific organization dedicated to the research and understanding of bipolar personality disorder and all mental disorder.
National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
A nonprofit group that works to support families and people in recovery, promote research and raise public awareness about borderline personality disorder.
Mental Health America
A national community-based network that helps people live mentally healthier lives by advocating for changes in mental health and wellness policy and by delivering programs and services.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
This is a large national grassroots mental health organization. The website offers extensive information about treatments, support and research for borderline personality disorder and other mental conditions.
Palette of Diversity Project
This volunteer art project at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital raises awareness and celebrates the uniqueness of the community through art works that depict the social and cultural identities of various groups, including mental disorders.