"Valerie Porr has championed the cause of people with borderline personality disorder for decades. Her understanding of the disorder and its effects on the individuals themselves and their families, partners, and friends is outstanding. This readable and informative book distils her years of experience and her first hand knowledge of how to help patients and families, providing the practical wisdom that comes only with a genuine understanding of what it is to be 'borderline'. This is required reading for anyone, from novice to expert, who seeks an understanding of borderline personality disorder and who wants practical guidance on what helps."
Anthony Bateman, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and Visiting Professor University College, London
"Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder by Valerie Porr is like water for a parched land. Few psychiatric disorders are as misunderstood as borderline personality disorder, a condition that can be profoundly disabling to patients and devastating to families. Opinions about what families should do are plentiful, but evidence-based guidance, derived from solid research, is rare. This is what this book delivers. It is an invaluable roadmap for families of patients with BPD."
John Oldham, Chief of Staff, The Menninger Clinic
"An important book for family members of people with BPD."
Larry Siever, Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
"She ably explains neuroscience as it applies here and emphasizes understanding, validation, and acceptance (not unconditional love)... An outstanding model of the psychoeducational approach, this volume bridges a daunting gap between laity and psychotherapists. Highly recommended for professionals as well as families of these patients." Library Journal
It takes a good therapist, researcher, and writer—mental health advocate Porr is all three—to tackle the difficulties of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Characterized by recurrent impulsivity, mood changes, and relationship difficulties, BPD may include unstable identity, paranoia, fear of abandonment, and suicidal behavior. Princess Diana is an example of a well-known person so diagnosed. Experienced therapists may shun these patients, so the good news is that, using a family-oriented approach that avoids interpretation and past history, practical help for this relatively neglected syndrome is available. Porr describes the use of dialectical behavioral therapy, an egalitarian, compassionate, realistic approach that makes loved ones effective as partners in therapy. She ably explains neuroscience as it applies here and emphasizes understanding, validation, and acceptance (not unconditional love). VERDICT An outstanding model of the psychoeducational approach, this volume bridges a daunting gap between laity and psychotherapists. Highly recommended for professionals as well as families of these patients.—E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC