Borderline Personality Disorder

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OUP Oxford, Jan 31, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 253 pages
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric condition that affects nearly 2% of the general population, predominantly women. Symptoms of BPD include impulsivity, mood swings, unstable intense relationships and feelings of chronic emptiness. Research on BPD has lagged behind that on other mental health conditions, such as depression and psychosis, primarily due to the lack of evidence of effective treatment but also due to the stigma historically associated with the condition. Fortunately this situation is changing, with improved treatments now available and improved clinician/organizational willingness to engage with those with a diagnosis of BPD. This candid book collaboratively co-authored by a person recovered from BPD and a BPD specialist therapist is written specifically for people with BPD (with support teams, including family, friends and clinicians also likely to benefit from reading the book). This authoritative and easily readable guide provides a compassionate understanding of the condition, plenty of in-depth practical recovery strategies and credible and realistic hope for recovery. The authors draw from the latest research and share years of personal and professional experience that brings the book alive. Review comments from Vice-President, National Education Alliance for BPD and Director, Middle Path (BPD advocacy organizations) include "most down-to-earth, accessible book for people with BPD" and "tremendous and potentially life-changing gift".
 

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Contents

Foreword
xi
Acknowledgements
xv
Introduction
xvii
Information about the authors
xxiii
Language
xxv
Abbreviations
xxvii
Section 1 Borderline personality disorder information
1
Section 2 Recovery frameworks
47
Section 3 Recovery specifics
149
Glossary
241
References
245
Index
247
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Roy Krawitz is Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with 25 years' experience in treating patients with borderline personality disorder as therapist, consultant, trainer, researcher and scientific author. Roy has provided borderline personality disorder therapy (DBT, psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy) in a wide variety of healthcare settings. His published scientific research includes the effectiveness of therapy, the DBT program he leads and his borderline personality disorder training for professionals. This is Roy's fourth published book on borderline personality disorder, one of which (published by Oxford University Press) has also been translated and published in Dutch and Japanese.
Wendy Jackson is currently employed as a mental health promoter for a national mental health organization, and is a freelance health auditor, quality manager and consumer advisor. Wendy is an ex-consumer of services for people with borderline personality disorder, having benefited from treatment implemented across inpatient, community and crisis services, and now has a robust history of recovery from borderline personality disorder. In her role as consumer consultant, Wendy has been actively involved in the setting up and delivery of treatment plans, running skills training and support groups for clients with borderline personality disorder and delivering borderline personality disorder training to professionals.

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