THE GOOD NEWS: BPD IS VERY TREATABLE
With appropriate therapy most patients can recover and live a full productive life.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is highly effective in treating BPD. DBT combines standard techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.
DBT has also proven effective in the treatment of other mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and eating disorders. By providing an effective skills base for overall emotional stability, practicing DBT skills helps in regulating emotions; relating better with others and handling distress. See Family Connections for an evidence-based program developed to help families and friends with loved ones living with emotional dysregulation.
When we teach DBT skills to general populations, we help ensure that non-inherent life skills become more widely utilized. We believe this could result in fewer people exhibiting BPD traits, thus reducing the strain on medical resources. This could also help improve relationships within educational institutions, families and workplace through the creation of a more validating environment for everyone.