Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Blaise Aguirre, Gillian Galen

If you are like many others living with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by intense and fluctuating emotions; to have difficulty with relationships; and to constantly struggle with troubling thoughts and behaviors. BPD can be especially difficult to treat, though there are ways to gain control over your symptoms and live a happier, healthier life.

Expanding on the core skill of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder will help you target and successfully manage many of the familiar symptoms of BPD. Inside, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through specific exercises, and will gain powerful insight through real-life stories from people who have BPD. If you are ready to take that first step on the path toward wellness, this book will be your guide.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608825653
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 114,978
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Blaise Aguirre, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is expert in child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and psychopharmacology. He is the medical director of 3East at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean since 2000 and is widely recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He is the author of Parenting Your Child with Autism; Biographies of Disease: Depression; Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents; and Helping Your Troubled Teen.

Gillian Galen, PsyD, is an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is the assistant director of training and senior psychologist at 3East at the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital—a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits. She specializes in adolescent psychotherapy, including DBT. She has a particular interest in using mindfulness and yoga in the treatment of BPD and other psychiatric illnesses. Galen has been a registered yoga instructor since 2008.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Defining Borderline Personality Disorder and Mindfulness

1 Borderline Personality Disorder 9

2 What Is Mindfulness? 29

3 The Brain Biology of BPD and Mindfulness 37

Part 2 The How and What of Mindfulness

4 The Practice of Mindfulness 57

Part 3 The Lived Experience: Mindfulness as the Path to Freedom from Suffering

5 Emotion Dysregulation 99

6 Interpersonal Dysregulation 111

7 Behavioral Dysregulation 129

8 Cognitive Dysregulation 141

9 Self-Dysregulation 151

Part 4 The Journey Ahead

10 Telling the Story of Your Life 177

References 187

Interviews


Blaise Aguirre lives in Lexington, MA. Gillian Galen lives in lives in Lexington, MA.

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