The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder: New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells

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For family members of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), home life is routinely unpredictable and frequently unbearable. Extreme mood swings, impulsive behaviors, and suicidal tendencies—common conduct among those who suffer from the disorder—leave family members feeling confused, hurt, and helpless.

In her pioneering first book Stop Walking on Eggshells, co-authored with Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger outlined the fundamental differences in the way that people with...

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Overview

For family members of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), home life is routinely unpredictable and frequently unbearable. Extreme mood swings, impulsive behaviors, and suicidal tendencies—common conduct among those who suffer from the disorder—leave family members feeling confused, hurt, and helpless.

In her pioneering first book Stop Walking on Eggshells, co-authored with Paul T. Mason, Randi Kreger outlined the fundamental differences in the way that people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) relate to the world. Now, with The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, she takes readers to the next level, giving them straightforward tools to get off the emotional roller coaster and repair relationships with loved ones with BPD. Kreger answers the questions family members most want to ask about: the symptoms and treatment of BPD, including why BPD is so misdiagnosed; how symptoms can differ by age and gender; and how addiction and other disorders complicate BPD. She then outlines how families can set boundaries and communicate differently in order to help themselves and their loved ones cope with this bewildering form of mental illness.

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What People Are Saying

Richard A. Moskovitz
Kreger uncovers the marvelous symmetry of the borderline relationship, in which both participants experience similar self-doubts, irrational guilt and shame, wavering identity, helplessness, anger, and fear of abandonment. Those with BPD and their loved ones will, together, benefit from the tools she provides.

--Richard A. Moskovitz, M.D., author of Lost in the Mirror

Jerold J. Kreisman
With exquisite understanding of the disorder and empathy for both those who have it and their family members, Kreger offers valuable 'Power Tools,' to help readers endure the ravages of BPD.
--Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D., co-author of I Hate You, Don't Leave
Barbara Oakley
Kreger masterfully breaks down BPD to help people more easily understand this complex subject.

--Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., author of Evil Genes

Debra Resnick
Kreger's communication techniques, grounded in the latest research, provide family members with the essential ability to regain a genuine, meaningful relationship with their loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder.

--Debra Resnick, Psy.D., President, Psychological Services and Human Development Center

Blaire Aguirre
Randi Kreger has done it again! With her new book, she continues to make the dynamics of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) readily accessible to those of us who love, live with and treat people who suffer from this complex condition.

--Blaise Aguirre, MD, Medical Director, Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Residential Program, McLean Hospital

Kimberlee Roth
Be prepared to make some positive changes in your relationships.

--Kimberlee Roth, co-author of Surviving a Borderline Parent

Rachel Reiland
This book offers hope for those who think their situation has none.
--Rachel Reiland, author of Get Me Out of Here
Freda B. Friedman
This indispensible book is compassionate to all involved and avoids blame, jargon, and oversimplification.

--Freda B. Friedman, Ph.D., Dialectical Behavior Specialist

Perry D. Hoffman
Kreger should be commended for her untiring efforts to help people impacted by this disorder.

--Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D., President-National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder


This indispensible book is compassionate to all involved and avoids blame, jargon, and oversimplification.

--Freda B. Friedman, Ph.D., Dialectical Behavior Specialist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592853632
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 124,286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Randi Kreger is the co-author of Stop Walking on Eggshells and The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook. She operates www.bpdcentral.com, one of the top web-based resources for those living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and their families. Founder of the Personality Disorder Awareness Network, Kreger is frequently invited to lecture on BPD and related issues to clinicians and laypeople.
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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    USELESS SAMPLE

    This 41-page sample is USELESS as a guide for determining whether one might want to purchase this book. The sample is 41 pages of references to other authors, this authors repetitious thanking his family, friends and other mental health colleagues for their individual and collective support while this book was written. There was no example from the books content to offer some insight as to the authors' style and focus regarding any issues confronting people wanting guidance related to coping with BPD. You'll do just as well by flipping a coin and calling 'heads-yes or tails-no' as you would by reading this sample when it comes to deciding whether - or not - that you'll buy this book.

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    Posted May 15, 2010

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    Best Family-Help Book on Borderline Personality Disorder

    This is the second book I have read on the subject that combines research with the realities of the disorder. The first book was Randi Kreger's "Stop Walking on Eggshells." I found it very easy to identify BP behavior as a result of reading this book, The "professional lingo" was elucidated by concrete examples. Suggestions for the non- BP were concrete. I would have like to have read more specific practice exercises. More suggestions for those closely related non-BP's who do not live in the same household with the BP would have been helpful. The suggestions at the end of the book were very poignant. But how do you stop your heart from from feeling the pain?

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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