Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, Revised Edition: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, Revised Edition: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD


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The authoritative guide to understanding and living with borderline personality disorder, now fully revised and updated

Millions of Americans suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD), a psychiatric condition marked by extreme emotional instability, erratic and self-destructive behavior, and tumultuous relationships. Though it was once thought to be untreatable, today researchers and clinicians know that there is every reason for hope. Dr. Robert Friedel, a leading expert and pioneer in pharmacological treatment for BPD, combines his extensive knowledge and personal experience into this comprehensive guide. Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified shares:

  • The latest findings on the course and causes of the disorder
  • Up-to-date information on diagnosis
  • An accessible overview of cutting-edge treatment options
For those who have been diagnosed and those who think they may have the illness, and for the family and friends who love and support them, this book illuminates new information and points the way to an ever more hopeful future.

The revised edition includes new forewords from Donald W. Black, MD, and Nancee S. Blum, MSW, and family educators James and Diane Hall.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738220246
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Series: Demystified
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 138,216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert O. Friedel, MD, is Distinguished Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, and was named a Psychiatrist of the Year in 2007 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Friedel has published over 100 scientific articles, book chapters and books. He lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Donald W. Black, MD Nancee Blum, MSW xiii

Foreword Jim Diane Hall xvii

Introduction xxi

1 What Is Borderline Personality Disorder and How Is It Diagnosed? 1

2 You Are Not Alone 23

3 The History of Borderline Personality Disorder 47

4 The Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder 63

5 Tracing the Course of the Disorder 77

6 Borderline Personality Disorder in Children 95

7 Borderline Personality Disorder and the Brain 117

8 Common Co-Occurring Disorders 137

9 The Key Elements of Treatment 159

10 Medications 165

11 The Psychotherapies 185

12 The Integrated Use of Medications and Psychotherapy 201

13 When a Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder 211

14 Research: The Ultimate Reason for Hope 225

A Final Word 241

Glossary 243

References 249

Resources 263

Acknowledgments 275

Index 277

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