Psychopharmacology of borderline personality disorder

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2000 Mar;23(1):169-92, ix. doi: 10.1016/s0193-953x(05)70150-7.


Pharmacotherapy for patients with borderline personality disorder is directed against the psychobiology of cognitive-perceptual, affective, and impulsive-behavioral symptoms. A symptom-specific method using current empiric evidence for drug efficacy in each symptom domain is proposed. Drugs in each medication class have some potential utility against specific symptoms in patients with borderline personality disorder.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / drug therapy*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Humans
  • Lithium Carbonate / therapeutic use
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use*
  • Syndrome


  • Anti-Anxiety Agents
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Lithium Carbonate