Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families

Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families

by John G. Gunderson MD, Perry D. Hoffman PhD

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Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families offers both a valuable update for mental health professionals and much-needed information and encouragement for BPD patients and their families and friends. The editors of this eminently practical and accessible text have brought together the wide-ranging and updated perspectives of 15 recognized experts who discuss topics such as • A new understanding of BPD, suggesting that individuals may be genetically prone to developing BPD and that certain stressful events may trigger its onset• New evidence for the success of various forms of psychotherapy, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in reducing self-injury, drug dependence, and days in the hospital for some groups of people with BPD• Pharmacology research showing that the use of specific medications can relieve the cognitive, affective, and impulsive symptoms experienced by individuals with BPD, as part of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan• New resources for families to help them deal with the dysregulated emotions of their loved ones with BPD and to build effective support systems for themselves

Yet much remains to be done. Research on BPD is 20 to 30 years behind that on other major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite evidence to the contrary, much of the professional literature on BPD continues to focus on childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect as triggers for BPD -- to the detriment of both patient and family.

Families of people with BPD must deal with an array of burdens in coping with the illness, often without basic information. The chapters on families and BPD give voice to the experience of BPD from the perspective of individuals and family members, and offer the hope that family involvement in treatment will be beneficial to everyone.

Above all, this book is about the partnership between mental health professionals and families affected by BPD, and about how such a partnership can advance our understanding and treatment of this disorder and provide hope for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585626571
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/02/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,155,641
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John G. Gunderson, M.D., is Director of the Center for Treatment and Research on Borderline Personality Disorder at McClean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D., is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and Research Associate at Weill Medical College at Cornell University in New York, New York.

Table of Contents

ContributorsForewordPrefaceA word to the lay readerPart I: Diagnosis, Treatment, and PrognosisChapter 1. The borderline diagnosis: Concepts, criteria, and controversiesChapter 2. Psychotherapies for borderline personality disorderChapter 3. Suicidal and self-injurious behavior in borderline personality disorder: A self-regulation modelChapter 4. Pharmacotherapy in borderline personality disorderChapter 5. The longitudinal course of borderline personality disorderPart II: Family MattersChapter 6. Living with borderline personality disorder: Two firsthand accountsChapter 7. Family perspectives on borderline personality disorderChapter 8. From family trauma to family support systemChapter 9. Family involvement in treatmentIndex

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[U]nderstanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most complete and responsibly written books I have found on any mental illness. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who needs a comprehensive introduction to what is known-and not known-about BPD.(Metapsychology Online Book Reviews)

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