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Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder : A Family Guide for Healing and Change,9780195379587

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder : A Family Guide for Healing and Change



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The best book on BPD  April 18, 2011

This textbook is the antidote for all of the misinformation, bad advice and tough love literature you'll find on Amazon, the web and in the offices of mental health professionals. Valerie Porr writes in a clear, concise manner and never talks down to the reader. By describing what is happening in the brains of people with BPD, Porr helps the reader to understand that the illness has a biological basis. Finally, and most importantly, Ms. Porr offers the reader a plan to help the person they love to change. This is a cheap textbook about being compassionate and effective. We have a priceless resource in "Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder."

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder : A Family Guide for Healing and Change: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


BPD is a potentially devastating mental disorder characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, and dangerous impulsivity. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they are intimate. Others have trouble simply holding down a job or staying in school. It is believed that suicide claims about one in ten people with BPD.

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is a compassionate and informative guide to understanding this profoundly unsettling--and widely misunderstood--mental illness, believed to affect approximately 6% of the general population. Rather than viewing people with BPD as manipulative opponents in a bitter struggle, or pitying them as emotional invalids, Valerie Porr cites cutting-edge science to show that BPD is a true neurobiological disorder and not, as many come to believe, a character flaw or the result of bad parenting. Porr then clearly and accessibly explains what BPD is, which therapies have proven effective, and how to rise above the weighty stigma associated with the disorder.

Offering families and loved ones supportive guidance that both acknowledges the difficulties they face and shows how they can be overcome, Porr teaches empirically-supported and effective coping behaviors and interpersonal skills, such as new ways of talking about emotions, how to be aware of nonverbal communication, and validating difficult experiences. These skills are derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mentalization-based Therapy, two evidence-based treatments that have proven highly successful in reducing family conflict while increasing trust.

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is an empowering and hopeful resource for those who wish to gain better understanding of the BPD experience--and to make use of these insights in day-to-day family interactions.

"Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder by Valerie Porr is like water for a parched land. Few psychiatric disorders are as misunderstood as borderline personality disorder, a condition that can be profoundly disabling to patients and devastating to families. Opinions about what families should do are plentiful, but evidence-based guidance, derived from solid research, is rare. This is what this book delivers. It is an invaluable roadmap for families of patients with BPD." -John Oldham, Chief of Staff, The Menninger Clinic

"An important book for family members of people with BPD." -Larry Siever, Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

"She ably explains neuroscience as it applies here and emphasizes understanding, validation, and acceptance (not unconditional love)... An outstanding model of the psychoeducational approach, this volume bridges a daunting gap between laity and psychotherapists. Highly recommended for professionals as well as families of these patients." -Library Journal

Author Biography

Valerie Porr, M.A., is a mental health advocate trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the most widely-used therapeutic technique for BPD, and the founder and president of the Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder (TARA NAPD). She conducts psycho-educational training seminars for family members of those with BPD, in New York and elsewhere. The coauthor of New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder, Porr lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: The Family Experiencep. 3
The Science of Borderline Personality Disorderp. 37
The Principles of Behavior Changep. 77
Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapyp. 105
Understanding and Applying Validationp. 129
Mindfulnessp. 189
Grieving and Radical Acceptancep. 215
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Behavior Change: Interpersonal Relationships, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerancep. 245
Mentalization: Understanding Misunderstandingsp. 287
Putting It All Together: Integrating Skills for Acceptance and Changep. 329
Afterword: For Cliniciansp. 347
Resourcesp. 351
Bibliographyp. 353
Indexp. 375
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