Out of the FOG: Information & Support for those with a Family Member or Loved One who Suffers From a Personality Disorder

Out of the FOG: Information & Support for those with a Family Member or Loved One who Suffers From a Personality Disorder

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by Gary Walters
     
 

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Out of the FOG was written by a group of people who have experienced a relationship with a family member, spouse or partner who suffers from a personality disorder.

Personality disorders are serious mental-health conditions which affect millions of people but which often go undiagnosed and misunderstood. Personality disorders often deteriorate the quality of… See more details below

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Out of the FOG was written by a group of people who have experienced a relationship with a family member, spouse or partner who suffers from a personality disorder.

Personality disorders are serious mental-health conditions which affect millions of people but which often go undiagnosed and misunderstood. Personality disorders often deteriorate the quality of life not only of the people who suffer from them, but also their family members, spouses, partners, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.

The acronym FOG stands for Fear, Obligation & Guilt - feelings which often result from being in a relationship with a person who suffers from a Personality Disorder. It was first coined by Susan Forward & Donna Frazier in their book "Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You."

It is the goal of this book to help inform and encourage family members, spouses, partners, friends and caregivers as they try to work their way out of the confusion, out of the chaos and out of the FOG.

The emphasis of Out of the FOG is to describe personality disorders from a Non-personality-disordered individual's point of view. In other words; what is it like to live with a person with Narcissitic or Borderline Personality Disorder? What’s it like to have a parent with a Histrionic or Dependent Personality Disorder? How do you cope when confronted with the prospect of caring for someone with Obsessive-Compulsive or Avoidant Personality Disorder?

The descriptions of personality disorders given in this book are based not only on the clinical criteria used for diagnosis but also on the experiences of people who have cared for someone who suffers from a personality disorder; what it feels like, what works and what doesn't.

We often think of people in simple terms such as good and bad, friends and enemies, loving and hateful. Personality disorders are not so simple and the people who suffer from them often exhibit behaviors which are at times constructive and at other times destructive. This often creates confusion for those who come into contact with them.

If you have a family member or loved-one who suffers from a personality disorder, it is our hope that the information contained here may help you understand these behaviors better and navigate out of the FOG in your own life.

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Editorial Reviews

Huffington Post - Elizabeth Benedict
For anyone needing clarity on narcissism, borderline and other personality disorders, Out of the FOG is a supportive place to connect and vent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013554740
Publisher:
OutoftheFOG.net
Publication date:
11/11/2011
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Meet the Author

Gary Walters is a professional photographer, amateur musician and retired CSI cop who also happens to be a "Non-PD". A "Non-PD" is a non-personality disordered individual who has lived in a relationship with someone who suffers from a personality disorder. Having survived abuse and neglect as a child, Gary found himself in adulthood involved in a relationship with someone who suffered from borderline personality disorder. He struggled to make sense of the way he had been treated until he met others who had gone through similar experiences. Gary is now the site owner of OutOfTheFOG.net - a support community for Non-PD's.

A number of people have collaborated as authors on the Out of the FOG project who, for confidentiality reasons, cannot be named. This is to protect the identities of children, parents, spouses, siblings extended families and friends. These people have chosen to contribute anonymously in the hope that others will benefit from the lessons they have learned.

The Out of the FOG Team is the most experienced group of it's kind in the world. We operate a website and online support group at www.OutOfTheFOG.net to assist family members, partners and friends of those who suffer from personality disorders.

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