Borderline Personality Disorder: How Effective are Psychotherapies?

Dialectical behavior therapy and psychodynamic treatment approaches in borderline personality disorders (BPDs) are effective in improving patient symptoms and co-morbidities, however the effects may be small. Those are the findings of a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

A systemic review of 33 randomized clinical trials, including 2,256 participants, was conducted by a group of international researchers. All of the trial’s participants were diagnosed with BPD, and the researchers divided the studies into stand-alone designs (in which an independent psychotherapy was compared with control interventions) and add-on designs (in which an experimental intervention added to usual treatment was compared with usual treatment alone).

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