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Has been considered "incurable", but borderline patients double the benefits of therapy with new treatment. We have made significant progress in the treatment of emotionally unstable personality disorder.

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This is what Sigmund Karterud and Elfrida Kvarstein at Oslo University Hospital, Norway, write in an article on

Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) shows good results

They write further:

- Emotionally unstable (borderline) personality disorder has long been considered very difficult to treat. Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) shows very good results compared to other treatment.

The authors of the article say that it was a major breakthrough when the main problem with borderline personality disorder was defined as a failure in the "mentalizing ability". By mentalizing ability is meant the ability to think and feel at the same time. People with borderline personality disorder are more often "put out" by violent emotions, and this can have drastic consequences for the relationship with other people and experience of their own identity.


Sees borderline personality disorder in light of insecure attachment

The authors of the article write:

- Like many other mental disorders, borderline personality disorder is associated with insecure attachment throughout adolescence. We have therefore trained researchers in mapping attachment patterns and how to use attachment interviews to test the mentalizing ability.

It has been proven in the research literature that severe and complex traumatic experiences play a significant role in the development of borderline personality disorder


Want to know more about mentalization-based therapy?

Through the treatment form mentalisation-based therapy (MBT), the therapist is based on assumptions that the patient lacks basic skills related to using mentalizing ability to regulate their own emotional states, disappointments, rejections and frustrations. The result of a successful treatment is that you function better in everyday life, and have an increased ability to tolerate and regulate your own emotions.

Those who want to see what MBT is about in practice can go to the website of MBT quality laboratory to see video examples from an individual therapy (with an actor) that thoroughly demonstrates what MBT is (Norwegian).



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