Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, 2nd Edition: What To Do When Your Teen Has BPD: A Complete Guide for Families

Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, 2nd Edition: What To Do When Your Teen Has BPD: A Complete Guide for Families

by Blaise Aguirre


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This second edition of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents offers parents, caregivers, and adolescents themselves a complete understanding of this complex and tough-to-treat disorder. It is a comprehensive guide which thoroughly explains what BPD is and what a patient's treatment options are, including an overview of the revolutionary new treatment called dialectic behavior therapy. Author Blaise A. Aguirre, M.D., one of the foremost experts in the field, describes recent advances in treatments and brings into focus what we know, and don't know, about this condition. Revised and updated from the previous edition, readers will learn all about the scientific development of BPD; treatment options (e.g., medication and therapy); myths and misunderstandings; tips and strategies for parents; the prognosis for BPD; and practical techniques for effective communication with those who have BPD. They will also hear from BPD adolescents and parents who have learned how to make the best of the cards they have been dealt. Here's what some experts in the field had to say about the previous edition:

"Families and their children with BPD will find this book a very useful guide as they struggle together toward a more fully realized life." - Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D., Director, Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development, McLean Hospital and Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

"A must-have book for every parent with a borderline child." - Randi Kreger, Coauthor of Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care about Has Borderline Personality Disorder

"Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents is a long overdue book that eloquently and expertly addresses the wide-ranging issues surrounding borderline personality disorder in adolescents. This compassionate book is a must for parents with children suffering from borderline personality disorder, as well as clinicians, educators, pediatricians, and clergy trying to understand and help adolescents with this serious, chronic disorder." - Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D., President, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592336494
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 473,731
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Blaise Aguirre, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University School of Medicine. He has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, since 2000, and has been recognized for his work in the treatment of BPD in adolescence. In May 2007, he was named director of 3East, the Adolescent Dialectic Behavior Therapy Treatment Center at McLean - targeted specifically at treating adolescents with BPD.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Section 1 Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder 13

Chapter 1 What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? 14

Chapter 2 Diagnosing BPD in Adolescents 34

Chapter 3 Behavioral Differences between BPD and Typical Teens 59

Chapter 4 How BPD Develops: Genes, Biology, and Environment 81

Chapter 5 BPD Myths and Misunderstandings 102

Chapter 6 When BPD Isn't Your Child's Only Psychiatric Disorder 119

Section 2 Treatment 133

Chapter 7 Advice on How to Find Treatment 134

Chapter 8 How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Help 146

Chapter 9 Other Effective Approaches 165

Chapter 10 The Effect of Medication on Adolescents with BPD 181

Chapter 11 Tips and Strategies for Parents of BPD Adolescents 197

Section 3 New Hope for Living With Bpd 207

Chapter 12 Voices of BPD 208

Chapter 13 BPD and Adoption 232

Chapter 14 BPD: The Good Prognosis Diagnosis 242

Resources 252

Bibliography 256

Acknowledgments 276

About the Author 278

Index 279

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