Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

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by Jerold J. Kreisman M.D., Hal Straus
     
 

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Life with borderline personality disorder is a life out of control. Pulled apart by warring emotions and self-destructive impulses, tormented by fears of abandonment, those with BPD rarely know real satisfaction or inner peace. BPD sufferers’ emotions can drive them to acts of antisocial violence and destruction or to self-mutilation, drug and alcohol abuse,

Overview

Life with borderline personality disorder is a life out of control. Pulled apart by warring emotions and self-destructive impulses, tormented by fears of abandonment, those with BPD rarely know real satisfaction or inner peace. BPD sufferers’ emotions can drive them to acts of antisocial violence and destruction or to self-mutilation, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, or sexual compulsions.

Living with someone with BPD is not easy either. Those with BPD can be charming and sympathetic, yet their violent mood swings, propensity for veering suddenly and inexplicably from adoration to hatred, and destructive impulsivity can make life with them like running an endless emotional gauntlet.

If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, this book will be a source of healing. If you suspect that your child, mate, or other loved one has BPD, it can help you to understand why that person acts the way he or she does and will show you what you can do to help make his or her life–and your life–happier and more rewarding.

Written by one of the most respected authorities on borderline personality disorder, Sometimes I Act Crazy is a source of wisdom and practical advice on living with the most common personality disorder. Dr. Jerold Kreisman refutes the misperception that BPD is untreatable, and he charts the enormous progress that has been made over the past decade by researchers in a variety of fields in understanding its causes and therapies. He also offers expert guidance on getting a proper diagnosis and understanding all the best treatment options currently available.

Each chapter of Sometimes I Act Crazy centers on a riveting case story that takes you inside the life of a BPD sufferer at a crucial life moment. Dr. Kreisman explores the complex play of forces at work behind the symptom or behavior under discussion. And he provides simple action steps BPD sufferers or their loved ones can take to help keep things from boiling over into a full-fledged crisis.

Wise, compassionate, and practical, Sometimes I Act Crazy offers new hope to people with borderline personality disorder and those closest to them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471222866
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/20/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

JEROLD J. KREISMAN, M.D., is a psychiatrist and leading world expert on borderline personality disorder. His 1989 bestseller, I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me, is considered a classic of both the popular and academic literature on BPD.
HAL STRAUS has written five books and numerous articles for such magazines as Ladies’ Home Journal, Men’s Health, and Redbook.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book on BPD, especially trying to explain to family and friends what is going on in our heads. After reading this book I have recommended it to my parents and my ex.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is clearly the best out there if you're looking to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder. Very informative and easy to understand. Also check out Kreisman's other book, I HATE YOU DON'T LEAVE ME. If you're looking for a great book on BPD, look no further.
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
I was first diagnosed with borderline personality disorder as a teenager. The first book I picked up was I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by the same authors. I appreciated the book because it explained a lot of things that I hadn’t understood about myself before. I now knew why I had a lot of the issues that interfered with my life. But it painted a very dark picture of what I could do to change any of it, instead quoting statistics that were depressing. With this follow up book I felt like that dark cloud was completely lifted. This book helped explain symptoms in a much easier to understand fashion, often giving examples. Theoretical stories are scattered through the book to demonstrate how some of these symptoms might be played out in a real setting. Instead of stopping with understanding the symptoms the book also provides some treatment options. I have a well worn copy of this book on my desk and have repurchased it at least three times. The only way I can describe it for me is that it was life changing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read several books on BPD and this one, which just came out, is far and away the best. Not only does it offer sound practical advice and information, but also the personal stories of BPD sufferers were very moving. There are sections in each chapter called Action Steps that gave me a 'road map' for coping and seeking help. For the first time in many years I feel that I understand the underlying causes of my illness and that there's hope for a normal life. I would also recommend it to those who think they might have BPD or are close to someone who does.