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.