The Angry Heart: Overcoming Borderline and Addictive Disorders

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The emotional turmoil and impulsive behavior that characterize borderline personality disorder are so often accompanied by alcoholism or drug abuse that some estimates suggest that as many as half of the millions of people with substance abuse problems may have a masked borderline personality disorder. If you have problems with addictive behavior, this self-help guide offers a range of exercises and step-by-step techniques to help you come to terms with the destructive aspects of your lifestyle. Learn how to ...

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Overview

The emotional turmoil and impulsive behavior that characterize borderline personality disorder are so often accompanied by alcoholism or drug abuse that some estimates suggest that as many as half of the millions of people with substance abuse problems may have a masked borderline personality disorder. If you have problems with addictive behavior, this self-help guide offers a range of exercises and step-by-step techniques to help you come to terms with the destructive aspects of your lifestyle. Learn how to break out of the dysfunctional cycle of self-defeating thoughts and behavior that addictive behaviors can cause. Angry Heart has practical, clinically sound strategies are supported by the poignant personal experiences of other individuals who have struggled with these problems.

"Two psychologists provide insights, exercises, information, and motivation that can help a person to overcome borderline and addictive behaviors."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572240803
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 189,532
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Santoro, PhD, is a licensed psychologist. He is cofounder and chief clinical and operating officer of Supervised Lifestyles Health System, a practice that operates residential and outpatient programs for sufferers of borderline personality disorder and other psychiatric disorders in Brewster, NY. Santoro is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Beginnings 13
2 Do As I Say, Not As I Do 31
3 Abused, Confused, and Out of Control: Entry into the Borderline Zone 43
4 Borderlining to the Edge 53
5 Taking Responsibility 63
6 Life in the Borderline Zone 81
7 A Skillful Exit from the Borderline Zone 99
8 Addictive Activities: At the Borderline between Pleasure and Pain 141
9 Finding Support in the Recovery Zone 175
10 Supercharging Your Recovery 189
11 Recovery Snapshots 217
12 Tracking Your Progress into the Free Zone 225
13 The Angry Heart Theory 235
14 The Freedom of a New Beginning 245
Appendix 249
References 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

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    Helpful but hard to read

    This book was recommended by a therapist working with a family member with borderline personality. The first half of the book is all about how the disorder is due to trauma in childhood, and it feels like it's accusing the family of not taking care of, or protecting, the borderline. It's not until later in the book that it discusses how to deal with people affected with BP, and what treatment for the disorder might include. It seemed pretty lop-sided for a long while, but it finally does even out. It's hard to read only because it addresses such emotional subjects. It's true to our experience with a BP and what it describes as traits, etc. are a match. The hard part is when we read about what else could come up, how other BPs behave, and we worry if we'll experience that same thing, too.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    It helped

    I grew up with a lot of disapointment. With that being said, I had an agry heart and so I treated my relationships as though they were the cause. I needed a change and this book paved a road. It was still a bumpy road but at least it gave me more directions and understanding. I recommend this book for those who find themselves to get angry very easily and disapointed even easier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    One of the best self-help books

    Excellent self-help gudie for people with BPD. Exercises and skills really help you to face your feelings and to start the healing process. The best book on BPD I've ever read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    The Regimen of Healing

    Personality disorders are a relatively new diagnostic area. The ICD-10 (the equivalent of the DSM-IV) doesn't even recognize some of them as separate disorders (e.g., the Narcissistic Personality Disorder). Others are controversial even in the USA (Borderline, Antisocial, Schizotypal). Textbooks are, therefore, of limited use to both practitioners and sufferers. Sorely needed are self-help books that guide the perplexed through a regimen of exercises and coping strategies, an interactive framework which rests on current knowledge, and an organizing principle to tie it all together. This book offers all three abundantly. It is bound to be of help to therapists, self-help groups, victims of the disorder, and their nearest and dearest. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.

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