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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, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, or sexual compulsions.

Living with someone with BPD is not easy either. Those with ...

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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, 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780471222866
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/20/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Borderline Basics.
ACTION STEPS: A Quick BPD Checklist.

2. Fears of Abandonment.
ACTION STEPS: Dealing with Borderline Fears of Abandonment.

3. Unstable Interpersonal Relationships.
ACTION STEPS: Dealing with Intense Relationships.

4. Identity Disturbance.
ACTION STEPS: Establishing a Sense of Self.

5. Destructive Impulsivity.
ACTION STEPS: Managing Impulsivity.

6. Suicidal Behaviors and Self-Mutilation.
ACTION STEPS: Dealing with Self-Destructive Behaviors.

7. Mood Instability.

8. Emptiness.
ACTION STEPS: Filling the Emptiness.

9. Anger.
ACTION STEPS: Strategies for Coping with Borderline Rage.

10. Reality Distortions: Paranoia and Dissociation.
ACTION STEPS: Dealing with Borderline Psychosis.

11. Treatment Strategies and Communication Techniques.
ACTION STEPS: Finding the Right Therapist.
ACTION STEPS: General Approaches to Communication.

12. Prognosis and Directions of Future Research.

Resources.

Publications.

Audio and Video Programs.

Organizations.

Web Sites.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    Great for Families trying to understand BPD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    A Great Help!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    Pick up this book!

    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.

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