Hope for a Personality Disorder

One of the most important principles of science is to consider all sorts of possibilities and build upon prior knowledge. Consider borderline personality disorder (BPD), which is a real roller coaster ride of emotions, insecurity, anger, and self-destructive behavior affecting many people. There was a tremendous breakthrough in psychotherapy called dialectical behavior therapy. This required some truly out-of-the-box thinking to create a dynamic, relevant approach to therapy for this population.

Now, continuing the progress in our biological understanding of mental health problems, researchers are exploring the effect of oxytocin, the so-called love hormone (not oxycontin, the highly-abused prescription opiate drug, generic name oxycodone).

People with BPD have brains that are super-reactive to "social threats" such as rejection or anger. It can throw them into a very unrealistic, obsessive state of mind in which they just can't process the issue for a really extended period of time. The researchers think that providing this hormone helps the brain respond more normally. Along with proper mental health treatment that is heavy on education and skill practice, this may prove to be a real improvement.

Medscape article: 'Love Hormone' May Help Treat Personality Disorder.