Borderline Personality Disorder (cont.)
Studies that translate basic findings about the neural basis of temperament,
mood regulation, and cognition into clinically relevant insights which bear
directly on BPD represent a growing area of NIMH-supported research. Research is
also underway to test the efficacy of combining medications with behavioral
treatments like DBD, and gauging the effect of childhood abuse and other stress
in BPD on brain hormones. Data from the first prospective, longitudinal study of
BPD, which began in the early 1990s, is expected to reveal how treatment affects
the course of the illness. It will also pinpoint specific environmental factors
and personality traits that predict a more favorable outcome. The Institute is
also collaborating with a private foundation to help attract new researchers to
develop a better understanding and better treatment for BPD.
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