Improved prognosis for borderline personality disorder

Brin F S Grenyer
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10470
Published online: 20 May 2013

New treatment guidelines outline specific communication strategies that work

Until recently, borderline personality disorder (BPD) was considered to be a chronic ongoing condition with a poor prognosis and no effective treatment. However, the tide of research and clinical opinion has turned, and the prognosis for this disorder is now considered improved for most patients if one of a number of effective evidence-based treatments is implemented.1 On 15 March 2013, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) issued the Clinical practice guideline for the management of borderline personality disorder, which outlines best practice.2

  • Brin F S Grenyer

  • School of Psychology, and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW.



I thank Annemaree Bickerton for assistance with the family and carer section.

Competing interests:

I was a member of the guideline development committee for the NHMRC Clinical practice guideline for the management of borderline personality disorder. I am also Director of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders for NSW Health.


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