From Publishers Weekly
According to Friedel, six million Americans suffer from the psychiatric disorder known as borderline personality disorderand many of these people often go undiagnosed and live in the lonely fear that they simply lack willpower or self-confidence. Friedel, a distinguished clinical professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, steps in to explain this little-known and much-misunderstood disorder, and he offers not only information but hopemany people believe BPD isnt treatable, but Friedel says that there are effective treatments available. BPD, like many other psychiatric disorders, results from chemical imbalances in the brain, Friedel says. The emotional instability, impulsive behavior and impaired reasoning that often characterize BPD can thus be controlled with therapy and medication, though Friedel also stresses the importance of the patients taking responsibility for following through on treatment. For readers who suspect that they or someone they love suffers from BPD, this guide is a good place to start learning how to find help.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
About the Author
ROBERT FRIEDEL, MD, is Distinguished Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Current Psychiatry Reports and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. Friedel lives in Virginia.