Borderline Personality Disorder: A Therapist's Guide to Taking Control

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) frequently creates turmoil, dysfunction, and impairment in the lives of affected clients, as well as among their families, friends, and colleagues. The lives of BPD clients are often in disarray: employment is compromised, romantic relationships are strained, and day-to-day living is a constant struggle to maintain control." "Freeman and Fusco offer invaluable guidance to clinicians negotiating the pitfalls of working with BPD clients. Either as an adjunct to a current ...

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Overview

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) frequently creates turmoil, dysfunction, and impairment in the lives of affected clients, as well as among their families, friends, and colleagues. The lives of BPD clients are often in disarray: employment is compromised, romantic relationships are strained, and day-to-day living is a constant struggle to maintain control." "Freeman and Fusco offer invaluable guidance to clinicians negotiating the pitfalls of working with BPD clients. Either as an adjunct to a current therapeutic technique or adopted as a complete clinical program, the Taking Control Program is a rich resource for any clinician working in the context of cognitive therapy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703528
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Freeman, EdD, is chief psychologist and director of training at Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Center, Chicago. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Gina M. Fusco, Psy. D., is a licensed psychologist in Philadelphia. She is a System of Care Clinical Director for Alternative Behavioral Services, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare program for high-risk adolescents. She has led clinical diagnostic teams for juvenile detention centers, and has created several crisis intervention programs for psychiatric hospitals. She has authored and coauthored chapters on the treatment of crisis-prone patients, crisis intervention, and personality disorders. She lectures at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
Overview of the Method: The Taking Control Program 18
Ch. 1 Frantic Efforts to Avoid Real or Imagined Abandonment 79
Ch. 2 Unstable Relationships Characterized by Idealization & Devaluation 93
Ch. 3 Identity Disturbance 106
Ch. 4 Impulsivity 121
Ch. 5 Recurrent Suicidal Behavior, Gestures, & Self-Mutilating Behavior 136
Ch. 6 Affective Instability 156
Ch. 7 Chronic Feelings of Emptiness 170
Ch. 8 Inappropriate & Intense Anger 185
Ch. 9 Transient, Stress-Related Paranoid Ideation 199
Ch. 10 Severe Dissociative Symptoms 212
Wrapping Up 225
References 227
Index 231
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