Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change

Paperback | August 7, 2010

byValerie Porr

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BPD is a potentially devastating mental disorder characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, and dangerous impulsivity. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they areintimate. Others have trouble simply holding down a job or staying in school. It is believed that suicide claims about one in ten people with BPD. Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change is a compassionate, informative, and reassuring guide to understanding this profoundly unsettling--and widely misunderstood--mental illness, believed to affect 2-3% of the general population. Overcoming BorderlinePersonality Disorder offers families and loved ones supportive guidance that both validates the difficulties they face and shows how they can be overcome. Rather than viewing people with BPD as manipulative opponents in a bitter struggle, or pitying them as emotional invalids, this book argues thatBPD is in fact a true neurobiological disorder. It clearly explains what BPD is, which therapies have proven most effective, and how to overcome the stigma associated with the disorder. The book teaches concerned family members effective coping behaviors and interpersonal skills, such as new ways oftalking about emotions, building awareness of nonverbal communication, and validating difficult experiences. These skills are derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mentalization Therapy, two evidence-based treatments that have proven highly successful in reducing family conflict andaggressive incidents in the home, while increasing hope and trust. Providing accessible explanations of cutting-edge neurobiological research, Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder takes a fundamentally different approach to the disorder: an empowering and hopeful guide to increasing understanding of the BPD experience--and to making use of that understandingin day-to-day interactions.

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BPD is a potentially devastating mental disorder characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, and dangerous impulsivity. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they areintimate. Others have trouble simply holding down...

Valerie Porr, M.A., is a mental health advocate trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the most widely-used therapeutic technique for BPD, and the founder and president of the Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder (TARA NAPD). She conducts psycho-educational training seminars for family me...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:August 7, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionForeword1. A Voice for the Voiceless: Validating Families of People with BPD2. The Juggler: Reframing BPD - An Overview of Neurobiology of the Disorder3. How Do You Change Behavior4. Validation: Talking to the Amygdala5. How to Speak Emotion: What are Emotions - Learning the Language of BPD6. Radical Acceptance and Grieving7. Understanding DBT7. Mindfulness and DBT Coping Skills8. Is DBT enough? Understanding Mentalization9. Putting it All Together: How to Do the DBT Dance10. Collaborating for Change: What Clinicians Need to Know11. AdvocacyReferences