Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Carla Chugani, Ashley Seiler, Tina Goldstein
2017 The Qualitative Report  
This article presents a qualitative investigation of the perspectives and experiences of recovery from borderline personality disorder from six individuals who were treated with comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews, transcribed, and coded using a six-step analysis process. Six primary themes emerged: (1) belief about recovery, (2) current experience of self, (3) facets of recovery, (4) motivating factors, (5) external supports to
more » ... , and (6) characteristics required for recovery. Overall, the findings took a dialectical form in which participants often described conflicting experiences (e.g., feeling recovered while also continuing to experience heightened emotional sensitivity). We conclude that the themes presented in this article represent broad domains related to the meaning of recovery from BPD, and recognize that the relative importance of each domain is best determined by the individual.
doi:10.46743/2160-3715/2017.3008 fatcat:h4qymvsycbgstotsdudhoyn3y4