Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change [NOOK Book]

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, dangerous impulsivity, and tumultuous relationships. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they are intimate. Others have trouble simply holding down a job or staying in school.
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Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change

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Overview

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, dangerous impulsivity, and tumultuous relationships. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they are intimate. Others have trouble simply holding down a job or staying in school.
Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is a compassionate and informative guide to understanding this profoundly unsettling--and widely misunderstood--mental illness, believed to affect approximately 6% of the general population. Rather than viewing people with BPD as manipulative opponents in a bitter struggle, or pitying them as emotional invalids, Valerie Porr cites cutting-edge science to show that BPD is a true neurobiological disorder and not, as many come to believe, a character flaw or the result of bad parenting. Porr then clearly and accessibly explains what BPD is, which therapies have proven effective, and how to rise above the weighty stigma associated with the disorder. Offering families and loved ones supportive guidance that both acknowledges the difficulties they face and shows how they can be overcome, Porr teaches empirically-supported and effective coping behaviors and interpersonal skills, such as new ways of talking about emotions, how to be aware of nonverbal communication, and validating difficult experiences. These skills are derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mentalization-based Therapy, two evidence-based treatments that have proven highly successful in reducing family conflict while increasing trust. Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is an empowering and hopeful resource for those who wish to gain better understanding of the BPD experience--and to make use of these insights in day-to-day family interactions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199752508
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 100,244
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Real help for families

    This book is the antidote for all of the misinformation, bad advice and tough love literature you'll find in bookstores, the web and in the offices of mental health professionals. Valerie Porr writes in a clear, concise manner and never talks down to the reader. By describing what is happening in the brains of people with BPD, Porr helps the reader to understand that the illness has a biological basis. Ms. Porr then shows how this neurological disorder causes the person with BPD to suffer and explains why they act in ways that SEEM to be manipulative and despicable, but are actually reactions to their own personal suffering.

    Finally, and most importantly, Ms. Porr offers the reader a plan to help the person they love to change. This is a book about being compassionate and effective. If you follow its prescriptions, it will not only help you change the life of someone you know who is suffering from a terrible illness, it will change your life too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Amazing book, I am going to buy a copy for my exhusband . Best practices for recovery.

    This book is amazing and gives me hope. First I started to learn all I could about this disorder and I became discouraged. Next I decided to learn as much as I can about the recovery process and how to move forward.

    This book is the best I've seen in regards to both increasing my understanding of the condition and how to manage this condition.
    I am truely grateful for this resource.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Great Book...full of good information, compassion and stratagies

    Great Book...full of good information, compassion and stratagies both for people with borderline personality disorder and those close to them.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    This book has been a God Send for me and my family !!!  It is as

    This book has been a God Send for me and my family !!!  It is as if it was written about our lives. I feel validated, understood and hopeful. I am thrilled to find new avenues of productive and helpful action and a new compassion for our BPD family member.  Thank you Valerie Porr for writing this book !!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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