Mentalization based therapy (MBT) and borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Some evidence – there is enough evidence to indicate that this can be a helpful treatment option.

Mentalizing is the ability to understand your own thoughts and feelings, and the thoughts and feelings of other people. BPD can make mentalization difficult, which could make it hard for you to recognise your own state of mind, and the thoughts and feelings of people around you.

Mentalization based therapy (MBT) is an intensive psychological therapy that helps with understanding your thoughts and feelings and how they can affect you and other people. MBT usually involves weekly sessions for about 18 months.

There is evidence that MBT can help to reduce symptoms such as anxiety and depression experienced by people with BPD.

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.

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