Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families

Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families

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by John G. Gunderson
     
 

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Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families offers both a valuable update for mental health professionals and much-needed information and encouragement for BPD patients and their families and friends. The editors of this eminently practical and accessible text have brought together the wide-ranging and

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Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families offers both a valuable update for mental health professionals and much-needed information and encouragement for BPD patients and their families and friends. The editors of this eminently practical and accessible text have brought together the wide-ranging and updated perspectives of 15 recognized experts who discuss topics such as • A new understanding of BPD, suggesting that individuals may be genetically prone to developing BPD and that certain stressful events may trigger its onset• New evidence for the success of various forms of psychotherapy, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in reducing self-injury, drug dependence, and days in the hospital for some groups of people with BPD• Pharmacology research showing that the use of specific medications can relieve the cognitive, affective, and impulsive symptoms experienced by individuals with BPD, as part of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan• New resources for families to help them deal with the dysregulated emotions of their loved ones with BPD and to build effective support systems for themselves

Yet much remains to be done. Research on BPD is 20 to 30 years behind that on other major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite evidence to the contrary, much of the professional literature on BPD continues to focus on childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect as triggers for BPD -- to the detriment of both patient and family.

Families of people with BPD must deal with an array of burdens in coping with the illness, often without basic information. The chapters on families and BPD give voice to the experience of BPD from the perspective of individuals and family members, and offer the hope that family involvement in treatment will be beneficial to everyone.

Above all, this book is about the partnership between mental health professionals and families affected by BPD, and about how such a partnership can advance our understanding and treatment of this disorder and provide hope for the future.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

The intent of this volume on borderline personality disorder (BPD) is laudable: it seeks to offer professionals and families information and education to reduce the confusion about the disorder. Such a guide is badly needed.... There is clearly a niche for a readable text that explains BPD in ways that are helpful to families and parents. This volume begins to fill this niche and should help reduce false impressions, stigmatization of the disorder, and the blame heaped on patients and their families.

Midwest Book Review

Sample cases, plain-terms discussions and definitions, and a highly accessible style and format make Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder immediately comprehensible to readers of all backgrounds. Highly recommended for anyone whose family or professional life places them in contact with or makes them responsible for borderline patients.

Metapsychology Online Book Reviews David A. Flory

[U]nderstanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most complete and responsibly written books I have found on any mental illness. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who needs a comprehensive introduction to what is known-and not known-about BPD.

Reviewer: Marie A Dewitt, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This well-written book sets out to demystify borderline personality disorder and educate a wide readership on the disorder and its treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information and education about borderline personality disorder to reduce the confusion and isolation surrounding it. Besides providing much needed information on the subject, this book is unique in its goal and ability to provide information in a way that is useful to patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.
Audience: The book is written by experts on the topic with the target audience of health professionals, patients, and family members of those with borderline personality disorder. It is written in such a way that allows for persons with varied levels of medical sophistication to gain better understanding of this frequently misunderstood disorder.
Features: The book is organized in two main sections. The first includes the current understanding of borderline personality disorder including information about the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, while the second focuses on personal and family experiences with the disorder. The book provides a nice blend of traditional text and case examples with complementary tables and lists. A unique positive feature of the book is a section at the end of each chapter specifically labeled for family members but appropriate for all non-healthcare professionals to both reiterate the salient points of the chapter and to define technical terms in a glossary. The only shortcoming is the occasional section that is dense and relies heavily on technical terms, likely making it difficult for laypersons to comprehend.
Assessment: This impressive book is quite successful in clearly communicating information to a diverse audience on a complex disorder. It is a one of a kind source that provides an extensive amount of information for professionals and lay persons in a unique and manageable form by blending personal experiences with current psychiatric understanding. It will be a valuable resource for family members, patients, and healthcare professionals alike.
Metapsychology Online Book Reviews - David A. Flory
[U]nderstanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most complete and responsibly written books I have found on any mental illness. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who needs a comprehensive introduction to what is known-and not known-about BPD.

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Reviewer: Marie A Dewitt, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This well-written book sets out to demystify borderline personality disorder and educate a wide readership on the disorder and its treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information and education about borderline personality disorder to reduce the confusion and isolation surrounding it. Besides providing much needed information on the subject, this book is unique in its goal and ability to provide information in a way that is useful to patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.
Audience: The book is written by experts on the topic with the target audience of health professionals, patients, and family members of those with borderline personality disorder. It is written in such a way that allows for persons with varied levels of medical sophistication to gain better understanding of this frequently misunderstood disorder.
Features: The book is organized in two main sections. The first includes the current understanding of borderline personality disorder including information about the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, while the second focuses on personal and family experiences with the disorder. The book provides a nice blend of traditional text and case examples with complementary tables and lists. A unique positive feature of the book is a section at the end of each chapter specifically labeled for family members but appropriate for all non-healthcare professionals to both reiterate the salient points of the chapter and to define technical terms in a glossary. The only shortcoming is the occasional section that is dense and relies heavily on technical terms, likely making it difficult for laypersons to comprehend.
Assessment: This impressive book is quite successful in clearly communicating information to a diverse audience on a complex disorder. It is a one of a kind source that provides an extensive amount of information for professionals and lay persons in a unique and manageable form by blending personal experiences with current psychiatric understanding. It will be a valuable resource for family members, patients, and healthcare professionals alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585621354
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
630,559
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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David A. Flory
[U]nderstanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most complete and responsibly written books I have found on any mental illness. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who needs a comprehensive introduction to what is known-and not known-about BPD.(Metapsychology Online Book Reviews)

Meet the Author

John G. Gunderson, M.D., is Director of the Center for Treatment and Research on Borderline Personality Disorder at McClean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D., is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and Research Associate at Weill Medical College at Cornell University in New York, New York.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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