In some cases, medication is used alongside therapy to help manage the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. Individuals who have depression or anxiety along with borderline personality disorder, for example, can benefit from exploring different medication options with their doctor or a psychiatrist. Many borderline personality disorder patients have co-occurring disorders such as major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. The role of medication in these cases is to reduce unpleasant feelings, stabilize moods and reduce symptoms such as paranoia, anxiety, anger, and impulsivity.
Medication is not a means of curing borderline personality disorder. While some patients may benefit from taking medication, they must address their thinking and behaviors through therapy. Only with a licensed mental health professional can someone with borderline personality disorder gain the emotional security, self-awareness, and coping strategies they need to overcome their condition and improve their lives.