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Charles H. Elliott , Laura L. Smith
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28 July 2009 For Dummies
A clear and easy guide to the symptoms, causes, and treatments of BPD Borderline personality disorder affects more than 5.4 million people in the United States. The sympathetic and comprehensive information in Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies helps those diagnosed with BPD get to the root of their condition, develop strategies for breaking the destructive cycle, and ultimately learn to live well. It discusses the best forms of treatment as well as how to find an appropriate therapist. This thorough guide is also filled with information to help spouses, parents, and other loved ones understand and accept the disease, and to offer support.

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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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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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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
By Anon
After reading only the introduction, I was quite shocked that this was written my working practitioners.

As a psychiatrist working with BPD, I have to battle everyday with service practitioners, from nurses to my own colleagues, who hold out of date and frankly immoral attitudes to a complicated and distressing illness.

To 'introduce' BPD to a readership implying that people with BPD are 'bad' and 'horrid'is immediately reinforcing popular stigma and negative bias toward a group of individuals with serious mental health conditions, who are already vulnerable enough.

As a consultant psychiatirst - NOT AS A PERSON WITH BPD - I find chapter headings such as 'sensation seeking' abhorrent and not helpful in any way, either to parent, carer or patient.

There are so many better texts out there with regards the subject of BDP, steer clear of this book.

And a note to the writers: - playing around with bias and popular, abhorrent assumptions about BPD for popular sensationlist reasons (or in other words, to sell your Dummy series) is a disgrace - YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is sensationalist and spiteful. 4 July 2012
By LS0910
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I went to my GP for an eating disorder and over the many months of therapy. I was finally diagnosed with BDP, as I met 5 of the 9 diagnostic criteria. In the sense that I get easily paranoid, fluctuating emotions, self harm, Bulimia etc. On the whole I found diagnosis beneficial as it allowed me to explore and understand some of the quirky aspects of my behaviour. And, some of the more awkward aspects. I am happily married, have an extremely successful career, and a wide circle of friends.

HOWEVER, according to this book I should behave like a psychopath, arguing, being abusive, having stalkerish tendencies, etc. Moreorless Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. The BDP described in this book is the exact opposite of me. Apparently with the criteria being so broad, there can be at around 250 different types of BDP. This book does not give a generalised view at all. It merely picks up on the more egregious aspects of the mood disorder, and glamourises the worst aspects of it. The most odious sections, are 'How to leave people with BDP?'.

This is a dreadful book. If you have BDP, or have a family member with it, buy 'Lost in the Mirror' it is a far better text. Also, for anyone outside of the USA, this book will of little use. As it makes reference to US laws etc. It advises you not to be open and honest, whereas in the UK with our Equality Laws, I have found being open and honest integral to my treatment. On the whole this book stigmatises people. Steer clear of it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hurtful 21 Nov 2010
Having widely read books on borderline personality disorder i found this book very negative and depressing. It did not seem to show empathy or compassion for the person with BPD and uses the more negative terms like manipulative, maladapted and compents on us (BPD Suffers) as co ersive behaviour to get what we want. i stopped reading after only a few chapters. There are better books on the market so I would recommend that you give this book a miss and buy others.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and well explained 17 May 2010
By Anon
This is the first book I've read on BPD so cant compare it to anything else on the market. However I can say it explains things thoroughly and simply with just enough info for patients, families and therapists alike. It offers helpful tips and workthroughs so a patient can use it somewhat to identify/alleviate symptoms. It is by no means a self help book but I think with awareness comes an ability to heal. And it definitely highlights many symptoms and traits in BPD and how to deal with emotional problems a bit differently.

The section at the back is devoted to friends/lovers/family of BPD sufferers and I think it offers fair advice.

I don't think this book is at all critical or negative of BPD, it states the facts, as they are, without excess sympathy or judgement. It appears fully impartial.

It covers all aspects of BPD quite briefly so if you wanted to go more in depth into more specific areas you probably would want a different book. I think this is suitable for initial readers around BPD who want to gain an overview without getting too bogged down in information or emotion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Thank God someone understands this terrible illness and what causes it. I am so relieved to have a "normal abnormality" and not be a freak of nature! The illness is explained in simple language. I will refer to it over and over again. This will be my Bible. Everyone who wants to have children should read this first and other books on how to parent well. I have been robbed of my career, my desire to play music, my pension, holidays, lifestyle and just of being me. It is like the old chinese Feet Binding but it is in fact Brain Binding. Torture, in plain English.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introductory Text 22 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Generally, I have found that 'Dummies' books vary considerably in their quality and are sometimes disappointingly short on practical usefulness, tending to be somewhat of a 'wade-through'. However, that is not the case here. Despite the apparent Dummies house style of a tendency towards reiterative and waffly writing in very simple English (the hint of course is in the title), the author has done his best within these stylistic boundaries to provide very helpful bullet point lists and balanced, informative text to cover all the main themes of the disorder. I would have liked a clearer explanation of how the term Borderline Personality Disorder has been derived but this doesn't detract from the usefulness of this book as a guide to understanding and making sense of an affliction that is surprisingly common. It explores issues comprehensively and even extends itself with valuable tips into the realms of counselor relationships. In summary it is a very good starting point for someone confronted with BPD, either as a sufferer or carer.

I read a library copy and then decided to download the ebook via Kindle for a personal copy. As expected from Amazon, this app loaded swiftly to my PC and I was up and running within ten minutes. Anyone thinking of doing this may wish to bear the following in mind - Whilst Kindle is no doubt very good for fiction, for non-fiction I cannot recommend it because a) it doesn't seem to be possible to print directly from the ebook. It is possible to copy and paste to MS Word but b) the amount you can do this is limited by the publisher; after reaching their unspecified quota, this function is blocked. This was rather irritating and in future I will stick to hard copy books for technical material (which saves 20% VAT sales tax). (4* 07/14)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great basic knowledge on the disorder. But some of the information is a bit on the american side,
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I cannot recommend this book too much for anyone newly diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, or their carers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. R. J. Steiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
This book is very clear and concise. It is written in such a way that it is easy to dip in and out of different chapters as necessary. I found it perfect for what I needed.
Published 1 month ago by Mel S
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous thing this self diagnosing.
Even if I have -and not all of my 'fans' agree- this book should be read with an accompanying adult. Preferably professional. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Glenn
3.0 out of 5 stars clearly written but too broad and general
The book is clearly written and gives a very general introduction to the BPD. BPD is a complex disorder and the book oversimplifies it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dolly
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent easy to read and use, recommended book
This is the most user friendly book on BPD I have read to date. It simplifies things so if, like me, you have difficulty concentrating it is still easy going. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms. L. Levers
Published 6 months ago by Les Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for explaining a medical condition
I purchased this book as I wanted to find out more about this condition, especially as Personality Disorders are much maligned in society given coverage in the media, news and TV... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
It was a good read, and really helped understand what goes through the mind of someone with the disorder. It also follows the standard dummies format so it was easy to read.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. G. T. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars review
interesting but so many categories to it i could associate it to most people, this made it hard to differenciate to normal behavior
Published 11 months ago by karen evans
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