A new approach to treating borderline personality disorder is twice as effective as established psychodynamic approaches, according to a new study.
A group of 86 Dutch patients with the disorder were treated either with traditional Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) or Schema Therapy, which combines cognitive behavioural therapy and a 'limited re-parenting' of the patient.This involves exploring traumatic childhood experiences and the relationship between the patient and the therapist.
After four years, 52% of those receiving Schema Therapy had fully recovered, compared with just 29% of those on TFP.
The authors say their results contradict prior claims that the disorder, which is associated with high rates of self-harm and suicide attempts, is incurable.
Archives of General Psychiatry (2006) 63: 649 - 658.