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Treatment breakthrough for borderline personality disorder

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A new approach to treating borderline personality disorder is twice as effective as established psychodynamic approaches, according to a new study.

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.

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