Although medication can decrease symptoms in BPD, sometimes it is not enough to control emotions. Psychotherapy is a good option for patients with BPD because it can teach them coping mechanisms which will be useful in everyday life and relationships. The most important reasoning for psychotherapy is keeping the patient from suicidal thoughts and the action of commiting suicide and is carefully examined throughout the sessions. Since borderline is a personality disorder, the person cannot fully change and they use their emotions and behaviors as coping mechanisms for handeling with everyday issues in their life. A psychotherapist can teach the patient to find new healthy ways to handle their stress and emotions, so they are not hurting themselves or their relationships. Because of this, treatment is a long process and the new ways could be difficult for the patient to take hold of and continue. Treatment for BPD may be difficult for the therapist since patients tend to hide their emotions by lying. Often times the patient will “test the therapist”, so it is necessary that boundaries are set before beginning therapy.

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