The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD Paperback – 1 Feb 2008
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"The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide" is exactly what its title suggests. Through the use of many rich clinical examples and exacting and intriguing metaphors, Chapman and Gratz take us through the diagnosis and probable causes of BPD, some of the myths about BPD, and possible explanations of the problems that often accompany BPD. They review both psychological and medication treatments and end up with very practical advice on how to deal with suicidal thoughts as well as with situations when control over one's emotions seems tenuous at best. Clearly written and easily read, this book truly is a practical everyday guide not only to surviving but to growing healthier while struggling with BPD.
Kenneth R Silk, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Personality Disorders Program at the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System"
The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide is exactly what its title suggests. Through the use of many rich clinical examples and exacting and intriguing metaphors, Chapman and Gratz take us through the diagnosis and probable causes of BPD, some of the myths about BPD, and possible explanations of the problems that often accompany BPD. They review both psychological and medication treatments and end up with very practical advice on how to deal with suicidal thoughts as well as with situations when control over one's emotions seems tenuous at best. Clearly written and easily read, this book truly is a practical everyday guide not only to surviving but to growing healthier while struggling with BPD.
--Kenneth R Silk, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Personality Disorders Program at the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System
About the Author
Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and registered psychologist in the department of psychology at Simon Fraser University. He is director of the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory, where he conducts research on self-harm, borderline personality disorder, emotion regulation, and impulsivity.
Chapman has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and has given many national and international presentations on borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, self-harming and suicidal behavior, and impulsive behavior. In 2007, he received the Young Investigator's Award from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. In addition, he trains students and professionals to treat clients who self-harm or borderline personality disorder.
Chapman is president of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Centre of Vancouver, a center for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, self-harm, and related problems. He is coauthor of The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide.
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I have found that most of the criteria for a diagnosis of BPD decreases with time and an understanding wife - though when I first met her and I tried to end the relationship on account of my past history and BPD symptoms she held on - she was a psychiatric nurse, now retired and she believed I had the insight to change my BPD habits - I was able to withdraw from the ideas that I'd be abandoned, which had led me to end other relationships before they had had a chance to succeed or fail: - before I'd been 'abandoned'. I'd always ended relationships within 4 years before this and gotten into a few bad, co-dependent relationships which were damaging for both of us. This marriage has lasted for 27 years and I have changed as a result of the security we have built together.
The book aimed primarily at suffers doesn't have much to say about relationships with other people except to warn against fears of abandonment and to question whether these are valid - which it hardly addresses.
I don't claim to be cured. I am still apt to spend on overdraft, mostly on books because I want to possess and read them now rather than order them through the public library and I still have problems defining my self but that only happens rarely if I am asked what I believe in. I find it easier to say what I don't believe in and I don't believe that people with BDP are fated not to be able to change - DBT and self-reflection at the end of each day or week will tell you how far you've come if you have been made aware or become aware of just what the different characteristics are of your BPD personality. I would suggest a therapist if you are truly lost at being diagnosed with BDP or suspect that it applies to you and want to know more - in which case this book might help you sort out your thoughts - but I found out online and from friends who told me. what "the trouble with you is"
My psychiatrist is now recommending it to others diagnosed since I found it so beneficial.
There are multiple websites and many with conflicting information which made it more difficult to understand.
I ordered this book and even after the 2nd page, I felt as if a weight had been lifted; felt that at last, I wasn't alone and also that someone understands!
The book has been written in a non-judgemental manner and incorporates all the aspects as currently understood, of BPD.
This book gives scenarios and an unbiased view of possible causes that contribute to the making of BPD.
Yet there were sections that weren't applicable to me, many indeed were and I feel that I am no longer alone nor should be embarrassed to have BPD.
I have read valuable tips and TBH, I am thinking a lot more clearly now about my actions and emotions - all thanks to this book!
This book is ideal if you have recently been diagnosed and do not understand what BPD is. It will open your eyes to the make up of BPD and help assure you that you are not alone, it can get better and that you are not insane!
It is a comprehensive introduction to experience, difficulties, possible causes and potential solutions to dealing with BPD. It contains signposting to other sources of support.
What does it add to other BPD reading? Firstly it is in a very chatty and readable style with a respectful tone of people previously described as ... Well I can't say what our lecturer said about this diagnosis. Let's just say there us none of that here.
The main additions for me were:
- clear description of possible causes
- detailed description of evidence based treatments
- positive slant on outcomes and success of treatment
- clear and realistic idea of what "cured" might be like
- practical questions for those struggling with suicidal thoughts
- belief that emotional people can get a better relationship with their chaos
I really cannot recommend this book highly enough, I really would go so far as to call it life-changing to be honest.
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