Borderline Personality Disorder

Online Education Improves Borderline Personality Symptoms

Psychiatrists may lean toward a diagnosis they think is more treatable and has a better prognosis, such as bipolar disorder, or one that they consider less “pejorative,” such as post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression.

Online Education Improves Borderline Personality Symptoms
Pauline Anderson
June 02, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, informing patients that they have borderline personality disorder (BPD) does not have negative consequences.

In fact, new research suggests that educating patients about this diagnosis leads to an improvement of symptoms and to better psychosocial outcomes.

Mary C. Zanarini, EdD, Maclean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, discussed the benefits of an Internet-based psychoeducational intervention for BPD here at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2015 Annual Meeting.

A common psychiatric disorder, BPD is marked by symptoms in four areas: feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and interpersonal patterns. Several forms of therapy have been found to be effective in treating BPD. Free typing test for your children may be an effective tool.

However, health professionals are reluctant to diagnose patients with BPD, which often leaves these patients thinking that they are “bad” people or the only ones suffering their debilitating symptoms, according to Dr Zanarini.


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