At a conference we held in Atlanta some months back Perry Hoffman, PhD and President of NEABPD presented to an audience of professionals and family members why in fact, family does matter. Kevin Dawkins of bpdvideo.com presented the result of a study we conducted on the impact of viewing videos about BPD on family members resulting in the conclusion that education and awareness are keys to reducing stress on both family members and their loved ones.
Today I am simply passing on a recommendation from families to other families. Especially for the many family members who are waiting for an opening in NEA’s Family Connections class or a TeleConnections class, we are posting this as class leaders often hear about it in very positive terms from families currently taking the classes. Feel free to let us know what you think, in the comments below, for others to read.
“More than many other disorders, BPD affects relationships. This book offers families and friends invaluable skills for helping both their loved one and themselves. Dr. Manning has done a beautiful job. A ‘must read.'”–Perry D. Hoffman, PhD, President, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
“Try out the recommendations this book gives you. You will be surprised by how much better your relationships become.”–from the Foreword by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, Director, Behavioral Research and Training Clinics, University of Washington
“The title says it all! Dr. Manning explains what she has learned about the true nature of BPD from the experts themselves–those who have the disorder. She shows family and friends how our instinctive responses to the crises associated with BPD are frequently ineffective or even harmful, and illuminates what we can do differently, providing practical, incisive, step-by-step guidance. We highly recommend this book.”–Jim and Diane Hall, parents of an adult child with BPD and Family Educators for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
“An extremely useful and highly readable guide….Manning paints vivid portraits of how an encounter with someone with this affliction might go….It has offered me, as a therapist, plenty of ideas….[An] aid to understanding and humanizing a complex condition.”–Human Givens
(Human Givens 20110701)
“This hopeful yet realistic book is an indispensable tool for managing relationships with persons who have borderline personality disorder. Research based, clearly written, and practical, this guide to a complex disorder is highly recommended.”–Library Journal
How did Borderline Personality Disorder affect these four families? Four families affected by BPD talk about very difficult moments in their lives. they share their stories in the hope that other families in similar circumstances might benefit. We are extremely grateful to them for allowing us into their lives.
Please feel free to share your thoughtsabout how this is helpful to you and your family.
This video is part of a series produced by bpdvideo.com in conjunction with NEABPD, to offer support and help to families who are living with borderline personality disorder. The full series can be purchased and viewed here: http://bpdvideo.com
NEABPD recognizes the impact of borderline personality disorder both on the person with the disorder and also on their loved ones. We invite family members to participate in an online, anonymous survey to help us learn more about the impact of the disorder on relatives.
The goal is to gather data to better inform NEABPD what families need and then work to providing it in a variety of ways.
We hope you will take the time and complete the survey. No identifying information is asked so that the information provided is not linked to anyone.
Thank you for your participation in this research and in our effort to better help you.