Borderline Personality Disorder: Meeting the Challenges to Successful Treatment

Hoffman, PD, and Steiner-Grossman, P. (2008) . Haworth Press, Philadelphia, PA.

Practical, useable ideas for the betterment of those affected by Borderline Personality Disorder, this book is a valuable resource for social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors, as well as students, researchers, and academics in the mental health field, as well as family members, loved ones, and those directly affected by BPD. Chapters include:

  • an overview of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • confronting myths and stereotypes about BPD
  • biological underpinnings of BPD
  • a social worker’s perspective on BPD and the need for community
  • an evidence-based approach to managing suicidal behavior in BPD patients
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • supportive psychotherapy for borderline patients
  • Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS)
  • Mentalization-based Treatment
  • fostering validating responses in families
  • Family Connections: an education and skills training program for family member well-being



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Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families

Gunderson, JG. & Hoffman, PD. (2005) . American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Washington, DC

Research on BPD is 20 to 30 years behind that on other major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite evidence to the contrary, much of the professional literature on BPD continues to focus on childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect as triggers for BPD—to the detriment of both patient and family. This book provides a valuable update for mental health professionals and much-needed information and encouragement for BPD patients and their families. Chapters include:

  • A new understanding of BPD, suggesting that individuals may be genetically prone to developing BPD and that certain stressful events may trigger its onset
  • New evidence for the success of various forms of psychotherapy, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in reducing self-injury, drug dependence, and days in the hospital for some groups of people with BPD
  • Pharmacology research showing that the use of specific medications can relieve the cognitive, affective, and impulsive symptoms experienced by individuals with BPD, as part of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan
  • New resources for families to help them deal with the dysregulated emotions of their loved ones with BPD and to build effective support systems for themselves




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Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified

Friedel, Robert O. (2004) . Marlow & Co. New York, NY.
Over six million Americans suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a chronic, disabling psychiatric condition that causes extreme instability in their emotional lives, behavior, and self-image, and severely impacts their family and friends.In Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, Dr. Robert Friedel, a leading expert in BPD and a pioneer in its treatment, has turned his vast personal experience into a useful and supportive guide for everyone living with and seeking to understand this condition. Friedel helps readers grasp the etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder, the course it takes, the difficulties in diagnosing it, the types of treatment available, strategies for coping, and much more. Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified is an invaluable resource for everyone diagnosed with BPD, those who think they might have the illness, and friends and family who love and support them.


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The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide

Chapman, Alex and Gratz, Kim (2007) . New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Oakland, CA.

The book is organized as a series of answers to questions common to BPD sufferers: What is BPD? How long does it last? What other problems co-occur with BPD? Overviews what we currently know about BPD make up the first section of the book. Later chapters cover several common treatment approaches to BPD: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mentalization-based therapy (MBT), and medical treatment using psychoactive drugs. In the last sections of the book, readers learn a range of day-to-day coping skills that can help moderate the symptoms of BPD.


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The High Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, & Validation

Fruzzetti, AE. & Linehan, MH. (foreword) (2006) . New Harbinger Publications, Inc. Oakland, CA.

When out-of-control emotions are the root cause of problems in a relationship, no amount of effective communication or intimacy building will fix what ails it. What these “high-conflict” couples need is help regulating the emotions that provoke the “escape or win” mode of interaction that has come to define them.

Fruzzetti, a noted expert in the use of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in couples’ therapy, adapts this powerful set of emotion regulation tools. Using mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques, you’ll learn how to deescalate conflict situations before they have a chance to flare into serious fights. Other techniques help partners in a relationship disclose their personal fears and vulnerabilities and validate one another’s experiences. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to manage problems with negotiation, not conflict, and how to find true acceptance and closeness with your partner.

This is the first book to use dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help high-conflict couples regulate out-of-control emotions, tolerate distressing situations, and resolve problems—an approach proven to help even the most highly reactive couples build healthy relationships.


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Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide, Second Edition

John G. Gunderson, M.D., with Paul S. Links, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. Arlington, Va., American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008, 366 pp., $60.00.
Aurora, Colo.

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

by Joel Paris. New York, Guilford Press, 2008, 254 pp., $35.00.
Belmont, Mass.