“These survivors hit their mark in helping to change the conversation about borderline personality disorder (BPD)." —Jim Payne, former president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness This provocative book uncovers the truth about a misunderstood and stigmatized disorder, and offers an opportunity for a deeper, more empathetic understanding of BPD from the real experts—the individuals living with it.
BPD affects a significant percentage of the population. It is a disorder of relationships, one whose symptoms occur most in interpersonal contexts—and thus impact any number of interpersonal connections in life. When people have BPD, they may struggle to manage their emotions on a daily basis, and have to deal with fears of abandonment, anger issues, self-injury, and even suicidality—all of which can lead to even more instability in relationships.
In Beyond Borderline, two internationally acclaimed experts on BPD—including Perry Hoffman, cofounder and president of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)—team up to present a rare glimpse into the lives and recovery of people affected by BPD. This powerful compilation of stories reveals the deeply personal, firsthand perspectives of people who suffer with BPD, explores the numerous ways in which this disorder has affected their lives, and outlines the most debilitating and misunderstood symptoms of BPD (the most tragic being suicide). Beyond Borderline delves into the many ways the disorder can present—as well as the many paths to recovery—using evidence-based tools from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness meditation, mentalization-based therapy (MBT), and more.
BPD is a challenging disorder that impacts people’s lives and relationships in countless ways. With this book—full of intimate accounts that reflect the myriad ways BPD presents and how it affects not just those afflicted, but also their loved ones—you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the disorder and learn how to move forward on the path toward healing while dealing with BPD.
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Table of Contents
1 Anguish Management 5
2 Letting the Light In 14
3 I Am Not Just a Box in the DSM-5 23
4 You Talk and Don't Know That I Listen 30
5 Dangerous to Delightful 37
6 Persisting Hope 46
7 If I Were to Tell You That I Have a Disorder That Affects Only 2 Percent of the Population, What Would Your Reaction Be? 51
8 Restoration 56
9 Trust No One 62
10 Just Like a Timepiece 70
11 Breaking Bad 79
12 On the Other Side 85
13 Survivor 91
14 How to Build and Bust a Life 99
15 I Am a Scientist 107
16 There Is a Yolk Under Those Shells 114
17 My Destructive Patterns Characterizing My Borderline Personality 123
18 Walking 127
19 Treatment at Halliwick 137
20 Reasons 145
21 Angry All the Time 152
22 From Numbness to Happiness 159
23 Mosaic of a Fractured Self 164
24 Riding the Waves 168
Gunderson resides in Belmont, MA; Hoffman resides in Rye, NY.