Borderline Personality Disorder: A Practical Guide to Treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Practical Guide to Treatment

by Christine Watson
     
 

Borderline personality disorder is a multidimensional disorder best considered as severe personality dysfunction. Around 2% of the population are thought to meet the criteria for the disorder, with approximately 1 in 10,000 people experiencing the most severe difficulties. This group places a disproportionate burden on mental health services.
Once seen as

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Overview

Borderline personality disorder is a multidimensional disorder best considered as severe personality dysfunction. Around 2% of the population are thought to meet the criteria for the disorder, with approximately 1 in 10,000 people experiencing the most severe difficulties. This group places a disproportionate burden on mental health services.
Once seen as 'untreatable,' patients with borderline personality disorder are all too often mistreated and misdiagnosed, resulting in prolonged and unhelpful relationships with support services, and taxing patients and clinicians alike.
Borderline Personality Disorder: Foundations of Treatment draws on the latest research and clinical experience to provide an accessible and practical summary of the options for clinical management and treatment. It provides hope and evidence that sufferers can be treated effectively and successfully.
The book presents a pragmatic approach to care and should be read by all members of the mental health team including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, mental health nurses and social workers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: John Claro Onate, BS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a review of the diagnosis, treatment and management of borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a base of knowledge on the background, treatment, specific management issues, and evidence in the medical literature. The book is intended for therapists dealing with persons who have symptoms of BPD. This is a solid starting point for learning about BPD.
Audience: It is written for mental health practitioners who provide therapy or who work with therapists in the treatment of BPD. It is a very good book for upper level psychiatry residents who are treating patients with the symptoms of BPD. The authors appear knowledgeable and experienced in the treatment of BPD.
Features: The book starts with a historical review of BPD and discusses the limitation of the term. It then reviews the diagnosis, treatment, and management and ends with outcome evidence. It is unique in its reminders to readers to be empathetic and considerate of their patients. The book then focuses on specific issues of treatment and therapy of BPD. Each chapter has a summary of key points, which are very helpful. Extensive use of specific patient simulated cases to illustrate points is a practical way of making it easier to understand the material. The book also has very important sections on the reactions and feelings generated in the treatment team by these patients. The book is limited in that it is a review and does not extensively develop some areas, but it addresses this with references and topic review.
Assessment: This is a good review and introduction to the treatment of BPD. It has a humanistic and empathetic viewpoint, which is refreshing in a medical textbook. It covers many different therapeutic approaches and offers strategies to coordinate care. It also addresses and covers countertransference in a very accessible manner. I highly recommend this book.
3 Stars from Doody

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198520672
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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