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 recovery, 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.
Borderline Personality Disorder, Recovery, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Thematic Analysis
C. D. C. wishes to thank Dr. Jennifer Wolgemuth for her mentorship, guidance, and support throughout the conduct of this project. Funding: This research project was supported by a grant from the Herman B. Lustigman Charitable Foundation. Dr. Chugani is currently supported by an NSRA T32 training grant (T32HD087162, PI: Miller). Declaration of Conflict of Interest: C.D.C. receives compensation for consulting services related to implementation of DBT programs.
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Chugani, C. D., Seiler, A. R., & Goldstein, T. R. (2017). Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The Qualitative Report, 22(11), 3014-3024. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss11/13