Despite evidence of obvious benefits, social and political pressure began to effectively ban experimental research into psychedelic drugs in the late 1960s. Through the 1990s, there was a little resurgence of interest in psychedelic substances; however, the turn of the century, and particularly the last ten years, has seen a resurgence of interest in psychedelic […]Read More ›
Psychedelic therapy to treat borderline personality disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by extreme feelings of frustration, depression, or anxiety, as well as significant difficulty controlling those emotions. Your thought or action patterns can appear rigid to the point that interruptions cause you significant distress. The condition’s intensity and unpredictability can alienate sufferers, making them feel alienated and increasing their risk of self-harm and suicide. “Borderline” applies to the additional mental health problems that people with this disorder are frequently on the verge of being diagnosed with.
Breaking up relationships is an important aspect of BPD. It is a defensive mechanism that is often activated by a traumatic thought, concept, or memory, which causes the person with BPD to see a person, location, circumstance as all good or all bad. It can change in a matter of seconds.
This can be very confusing and upsetting for the family or partner, as it seems as though their loved one is continually pushing and pulling them. For the person going through it, their fight or flight mode kicks in when a threat (fear of abandonment) is detected; it feels like you’re in a tunnel with just one way to look; it’s like a physical downward spiral.
One approach for coping with splitting in dialectical behavior therapy is to allow the patient to retain two paradoxical thoughts at the same time. This can come across as overly simplistic, and it most definitely is, but rewiring the brain is a long process, which could be facilitated by psychedelic medicine.
Someone who is lost in their mind and unable to get out of their own head and empathize with others will certainly benefit from psychedelics.
Yale University The aim of this research is to see whether the antidepressant ketamine can reduce suicidality in people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD has a rate of completed suicide that is equivalent to depression or schizophrenia. There is actually no drug that can be used to treat BPD. Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic […]Read More ›
Richard J. Zeifman, Anne C.Wagner Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological disorder marked by behavioral and emotional dysregulation, as well as self-identity and social functioning disruptions. Despite the fact that there are evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments for BPD, they have significantly limited treatment efficacy. There is a huge need to improve existing BPD interventions. […]Read More ›
Zach Walsh, Michelle St. Pierre The evidence for the use of third-wave behavior treatments as adjuncts to psychedelic-assisted therapy is examined in this review. It establishes shared theoretical foundations for both approaches, as well as common mechanisms of action such as enhanced mindfulness, decentering, emotion control, and distress tolerance. It also defines possible targets, such […]Read More ›