Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies

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9780470466537: Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies

Your clear, compassionate guide to managing BPD — and living well

Looking for straightforward information on Borderline Personality Disorder? This easy-to-understand guide helps those who have BPD develop strategies for breaking the destructive cycle. This book also aids loved ones in accepting the disorder and offering support. Inside you'll find authoritative details on the causes of BPD and proven treatments, as well as advice on working with therapists, managing symptoms, and enjoying a full life.

  • Review the basics of BPD — discover the symptoms of BPD and the related emotional problems, as well as the cultural, biological, and psychological causes of the disease

  • Understand what goes wrong — explore impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, identity problems, relationship conflicts, black-and-white thinking, and difficulties in perception; and identify the areas where you may need help

  • Make the choice to change — find the right care provider, overcome common obstacles to change, set realistic goals, and improve your physical and emotional state

  • Evaluate treatments for BPD — learn about the current treatments that really work and develop a plan for addressing the core symptoms of BPD

  • If someone you love has BPD — see how to identify triggers, handle emotional upheavals, set clear boundaries, and encourage your loved one to seek therapy

Open the book and find:

  • The major characteristics of BPD

  • Who gets BPD — and why

  • Recent treatment advances

  • Illuminating case studies

  • Strategies for calming emotions and staying in control

  • A discussion of medication options

  • Ways to stay healthy during treatment

  • Tips for explaining BPD to others

  • Help for parents whose child exhibits symptoms

  • Treatment options that work and those you should avoid

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About the Author:

Charles H. Elliott, PhD, and Laura L. Smith, PhD, are clinical psychologists who specialize in training mental health professionals in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, and depression. They are the coauthors of Depression For Dummies, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, and Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies.

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