People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, then despairing and depressed the next. There are an estimated 18 million sufferers of BPD living in America today - each displaying remarkably similar symptoms:
For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much-needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction.
This completely revised and updated edition includes information on the most up-to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder - as well as the connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and eating disorders - making it a vital reference for understanding and living with BPD.
©2012 Jerold J. Kreisman (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“This book belongs on the bookshelf of patients, their friends and family, and for all those who help in their healing.” (Randi Kreger, author of Stop Walking on Eggshells and The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder)
This book is not for the family member or friend learning how to deal with someone with BPD. There were a handful of chapters with case studies of individuals with BPD. There were a handful of chapters about treatment, pharmacological and therapeutic methods. It dives into the trauma associated with BPD which is not really a surprise given the myriad of other disorders one could form from childhood trauma, this is just one of them.
There was not one chapter on learning how to deal with the BPD's tantrums. The only information included was what the spouses were doing wrong when faced with drama; not what you can do right or make things easier on yourself.
This book is probably very enlightening for the person with BPD. But is was a bit decieving in its title and synopsis of how to deal with one.
Don't buy this book if you do not have BPD.
This book was a little too technical for me and maybe it would serve me to get a written version. It does a great job explaining the disorder and its extremes. It's definitely not a "light" read (listen)
Skip chapters one and two. Even then, this book is written more for the psychological professional than for the general public. If not careful, the reader could take away the mistaken impression that the majority of people are likely to develop BPD.
This book was recommended to my husband and I. After discussing all of the drama that we deal with, with his ex wife and her irrational behavior a therapist friend said that this book had a chapter that might enlighten us on communicating with her more effectively. The only thing that I learned from this book was God help you if you are or were married to someone with BPD. Double whamo if you had kids with them. If you can avoid persons suffering from this by any means possible. If you are a sufferer. Wow...I am sorry. After reading this I think it is likely that his ex does have BPD. Maybe, the only thing I can take from this book is changing my expectations for her behavior. However, the narrator of this book was great. I enjoyed listening to him. He was clear and the listen went pretty quickly.
I am not sure.
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