Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
Treatment for a borderline personality disorder usually includes mental health counseling, which focuses on regulating emotions and be more tolerant of stressful relationships. Medication may help control symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as reduce impulsive behavior. However, medications do not cure borderline personality disorder.
Treatment of borderline personality disorder may include:
- Mental health counseling for borderline personality disorder
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- Antipsychotic medications:
- Opiate receptor antagonist:
Borderline Personality Disorder Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of borderline personality disorder.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for depression and stress?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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