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The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD [Paperback]

Alexander L. Chapman , Kim L. Gratz , Perry D Hoffman
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Dec 6 2007
If you or someone you love is struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you need up-to-date, accurate, and accessible information on the problems you're facing and where you can turn for help. But where do you look? Much of the professional literature on BPD is too technical and confusing to be of much help. And searching the Internet for accurate information can be treacherous, with some sites providing useful information and others giving dangerous advice and misinformation. If you're living with BPD, this compassionate book offers what you really need: an easy-to-follow road map to guide you through this disorder and its treatment.

This book provides answers to many of the questions you might have about BPD: What is BPD? How long does it last? What other problems co-occur with BPD? Overviews of what we currently know about BPD make up the first section of the book. Later chapters cover several common treatment approaches to BPD: DBT, mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and medication treatments. In the last sections of the book, you'll learn a range of useful coping skills that can help you manage your emotions,deal with suicidal thoughts, and cope with some of the most distressing symptoms of BPD.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit - an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

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"The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide" is exactly what its title suggests. Through the use of many rich clinical examples and exacting and intriguing metaphors, Chapman and Gratz take us through the diagnosis and probable causes of BPD, some of the myths about BPD, and possible explanations of the problems that often accompany BPD. They review both psychological and medication treatments and end up with very practical advice on how to deal with suicidal thoughts as well as with situations when control over one's emotions seems tenuous at best. Clearly written and easily read, this book truly is a practical everyday guide not only to surviving but to growing healthier while struggling with BPD. --Kenneth R Silk, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Personality Disorders Program at the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System

About the Author

Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych, is a registered psychologist and an associate professor in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University, as well as the president of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Chapman directs the personality and emotion research laboratory, where he studies the role of emotion regulation in borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm, impulsivity, and other behavioral problems. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Chapman received the Young Investigator Award of the National Education Alliance for BPD (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association's (CPA) Scientist Practitioner Early Career Award, and a Career Investigator award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He has coauthored five books, three of which received the 2012 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Seal of Merit Award.;

Kim L. Gratz, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she serves as director of personality disorders research and director of the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) clinic. In 2005, Gratz received the Young Investigator Award of the National Education Alliance for BPD. Gratz has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on borderline personality disorder, deliberate self-harm, and emotion regulation (among other topics), and is coauthor of several books, including The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety. Gratz currently serves as principal investigator or co-investigator on several major grants from the National Institutes of Health.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, non-judgmental guide to BPD Dec 8 2007
This is an excellent book if you have BPD or if someone you care about does. It is written in accessible language. The authors use a collaborative, supportive tone. There is so much misinformation about BPD and this book corrects a lot of the myths. It talks about people recovering from BPD and what is likely to change in recovery. It offers some concrete ways of coping and suggestions for getting treatment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! Dec 5 2012
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Gives a thorough outline of current research on BPD and strategies for handling it.
I would definitely recommend this book to therapists and clinet alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awareness helps living June 3 2012
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Having lived with BPD for a few years I was beginning to give up beliving that anything could help. This book is like life its self, it is the best book ever read on helping. 1/ Living with BPD has a time cure. 2/ If you are living with someone with BPD it is the complete help book for you too. So it is the perfect complete book thats on the market.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Informative April 22 2012
By Reina
The book seems to be written from a caring and compassionate perspective. Useful for those living with BPD and their friends and loved ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important, forward-thinking, much welcome book Dec 18 2007
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As someone diagnosed with BPD, I have done a lot of research on the condition, both online and by reading any book written on the subject. Many of those books (except for BPD Demystified)are extremely outdated, even if they're only a few years old. And many of them were disappointedly irresponsible, being quite negative and insisting that the prognosis was always dire and/or perpetuating the huge myth that those diagnosed with BPD are basically manipulative.

I say this because this book is different. It has the latest information on BPD, from what it is, how it may come about, what therapies are out there, if medication helps, and, quite important, speaks about new research on the brain and how this research shows actual physical differences in those with BPD. The book succeeds most in 2 particular ways: (1) In the way it is organized. Well-written chapters, clear headings and subheadings, easy for anyone and everyone to understand, and comprehensive summaries at chapter ends to note the main points. The books is also divided into Parts I and II, to make the focus and direction even clearer. For this alone, it is a book I would recommend to anyone interested in BPD, whether a professional, consumer, family member, friend, student, etc.

And furthermore, (2) The Survival Guide does not take one position and stubbornly adhere to it. It recognizes that there are many differences among those diagnosed with BPD, even as the similarities in how they "match" the criteria kinda puts us all in the same group. Of all the information out there, it presents the most "open" view, meaning that it is informative and hopeful and recognizes that this is a complex condition but that it is indeed treatable. And the authors cite many studies to back up their points. They don't pretend to have all the answers, but instead create an opening for real dialog and discussion.

I recommend this book wholeheartedly, without any reservation whatsoever. It will educate you, let you see the individuality of people diagnosed with BPD, and present you with the latest in therapy and in research, without prejudice. I am thankful for this book. It is honest and impartial. And perhaps above all else, that's what BPD literature presently needs the most.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK Feb. 28 2009
By Leslie - Published on
This book is great for those suffering from BPD! Don't by walking on Egg Shells! It makes those with BPD look like a monster which isn't true! Buy this! Its also great for loved ones who are trying to understand the disorder. High recommended! A keeper! Offers coping skills. A suggestions of treatments that might help as well as self-harm and suicide prevention. Its nice to see your own behavior and how it might be helped because YOU have to be the one to fix it!
52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, positive, highly recommend Aug. 3 2008
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I was preparing for a presentation for NAMI and was asked to help clients, family members, and other professionals understand BPD. I found this to be an important task due to the negative information that is out there on BPD. This book was published just prior to the date of the presentation and I used it as a main source for the presentation and recommended it to all who attended. I also highly recommended it to my consultation team as something they may benefit from reading as well as to recommend for their clients. I found this book to be very informative, describing BPD from the model used within DBT therapy. The book was hopeful and inspiring to me in working with clients with BPD and I hope this book is read by many. I thank the authors for writing a book that is so user friendly. Several of my clients have benefited from this book already!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Aug. 23 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I was recently diagnosed with BPD and am just starting to research it and found this book. I looked at a couple others but compared to this one, this one was by far the best. I especially liked the part talking about common myths with BPD, it was very encouraging.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative.... Sept. 23 2008
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I really like the information provided in this book. It gave a great insight into Borderline Personality Disorder. I think that all in the medical field, including teachers, would benefit from reading this book. Thanks for offering this opportunity in your selection of literature. It was easy to read and understand.
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