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Re: Borderline Personality Recovery Out of Reach For M

Posted by rnny on April 16, 2010, at 22:04:03

In reply to Borderline Personality Recovery Out of Reach For M, posted by Phillipa on April 16, 2010, at 21:48:27

They did a 10 year study on subjects and came up with the statistics that 93% of patients had attained a symptomatic remission lasting at least 2 years, and 86% had sustained remission lasting at least 4 years, the report states. However, only 50% of patients experienced a recovery from the disorder. To me those are not bad statistics for any mental illness since I am not aware of any by which one recovers "fully". However, one very important thing is missing from this article is what were the subjects doing in the 10 year period. Were they all in treatment or "winging it" on their own? I think a very relevant piece of information is missing. What the article says is that they found people who met the criteria for this diagnosis and interviewed them over a 10 year period. That tells me nothing in terms of therapeutic effectiveness of people with BPD who are actively engaged in treatment. I think the most telling statement in the entire article is: "However, "once attained, such a recovery is relatively stable over time," first study author Mary C. Zanarini, EdD, of McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, and colleagues report." That's hopeful! Were the subjects provided with ongoing care to help them attain recovery in the 10 year period? How was cooperation with the treatment monitored if the subjects were only interviewed over 2 year intervals. I have alot of questions.




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