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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Borderline Personality Disorder for Dummies

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 Borderline Personality Disorder for Dummies

About the Book: 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

Our Take: When you or someone that you love has a mood disorder like Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar disorder it will greatly affect your life.  In fact, it can control all aspects of it and drive you into a bad place.  One of the greatest tools that we have as people is the ability to educate and understand.  The more you learn about something, the more comfortable and confident you can feel about it.  The Borderline Personality Disorder for Dummies book is a great place to start for learning about BPD. 

The great thing that I found about this book, as a person with BPD, is that it helps you to understand yourself.  It is a difficult task trying to sift through wordy and stuffy psychology books, especially when your attention span isn't so good.  The Dummies guide really lays things out in an open, clean and skim-friendly way.  This loose format doesn't indicate a loss of content, though.  Its well-informed, intelligent while still being easy to understand.  It gives you everything from symptoms to medications commonly used to various ways for you and your loved ones to deal with your disorder.

This book is highly recommend if you or a loved one experieces BPD, or if you're just interested in the subject.  Human psychology is a fascinating topic!  We will be exmaining more books on BPD here at the Legion this week, so stay tuned for that.

How to Buy: Amazon.com or the Wiley Site