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

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) frequently creates turmoil, dysfunction, and impairment in the lives of diagnosed people, as well as among their families, friends, and colleagues.
The disorder and lack of control that characterize BPD are, however, organized around consistent habits. The Taking Control Program presented by Fusco and Freeman targets these patterns, helping people understand, address, and, eventually, alter them for the better. Borderline Personality ...

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Overview

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) frequently creates turmoil, dysfunction, and impairment in the lives of diagnosed people, as well as among their families, friends, and colleagues.
The disorder and lack of control that characterize BPD are, however, organized around consistent habits. The Taking Control Program presented by Fusco and Freeman targets these patterns, helping people understand, address, and, eventually, alter them for the better. Borderline Personality Disorder: A Patient’s Guide to Taking Control is your means to begin to take command of your life by following the therapeutic course described in these pages. Chapter by chapter, you will explore the nine basic patterns that typify BPD. Once you understand each of these patters, you will then assess the degree to which you exhibit any number of those patterns and learn various strategies that you can adopt to address those habits. The Patient’s Guide provides a step-by-step cognitive program rich in worksheets and exercises to facilitate your personal process of self-examination and problem solving. Fusco and Freeman offer those diagnosed with BPD, as well as their therapists, invaluable guidance in negotiating the pitfalls of BPD as you move ahead toward the prospect of retaking control over your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393703535
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 1,378,051
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (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 vii
Introduction: Borderline Personality Disorder & Understanding the Development of Schemas 3
Your Personality 3
How Do You Know if You Have BPD? 4
Schemas 6
Schema Change 9
How to Use This Book 10
Summary 15
Chapter 1 Loneliness: Avoiding Being Alone & Isolated 16
Vignettes 17
What You Would Like To Change 17
Self Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 18
The Worksheets 18
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 40
Chapter 2 Relationships: Always A Challenge 41
Vignettes 42
What You Would Like to Change 43
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 43
The Worksheets 43
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 68
Chapter 3 Defining Yourself: Who Am I Anyway? 69
Vignettes 70
What You Would Like To Change 71
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 71
The Worksheets 71
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 93
Chapter 4 Do You Look Before You Leap? Reducing Risks 94
Vignettes 94
What You Would Like To Change 95
Self Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 95
The Worksheets 95
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 117
Chapter 5 Self-Injury: An Unnecessary Solution 118
Vignettes 119
What You Would Like To Change 119
Self Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 119
The Worksheets 120
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 146
Chapter 6 Emotional Control: Too Many Moods in Too Little Time 147
Vignettes 148
What You Would Like To Change 148
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 149
The Worksheets 149
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 172
Chapter 7 Feeling Empty: There Should Be Something Inside 173
Vignettes 173
What You Would Like To Change 174
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 174
The Worksheets 175
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 196
Chapter 8 Seeing Red: Keeping Your Cool 197
Vignettes 197
What You Would Like to Change 198
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 198
The Worksheets 198
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 222
Chapter 9 Suspicion: Who Can I Trust? 223
Vignettes 223
What You Would Like To Change 224
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 224
The Worksheets 224
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 247
Chapter 10 Inside & Outside: Views of Yourself 248
Vignettes 248
What You Would Like To Change 249
Self-Monitoring: How Do I Know What My Perceptions Are? 249
The Worksheets 249
Challenging What You Know & Do: Taking Control 271
Wrapping Up: Taking Control of Borderline Personality Disorder 272
References 273
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