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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (August 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569244561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569244562
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 3.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Friedel, six million Americans suffer from the psychiatric disorder known as borderline personality disorder—and 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 hope—many people believe BPD isn’t 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 patient’s 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.
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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.

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The information is very helpful and easy for a layman like me to understand.
K. Sprague
Of any book that I would recommend for both professionals and persons with BPD, THIS would be the one!!!!
Barbara Hamon
This is an excellent book if you have a family member with borderline personality disorder.
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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on August 8, 2006
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This is an excellent overall resource for BPD. It covers the history, causes and course of the disorder as well as the most common treatments both pharmacologically and therapeutically.

The scope of the book is very broad and includes information for family members, lots of additional resources, co-occurring disorders and how this problem shows up in children.

If you have a scientific bent, you will benefit a lot from the chapter on BPD and the brain. There is a lot of detail on the specific neural pathways involved in impulsive behavior, memory impairment, etc. This information is nicely summarized in easy to understand diagrams and there is a simplified bottom line explanation at the end of the chapter. This section is well explained and anyone should be able to understand it, even people intimidated by scientific explanations.

The overall tone of the book is compassionate and hopeful. The author had a sister who had this order and a lot of his motivation for writing it comes from this space of caring and wanting to share both his experience and knowledge. Being a psychiatrist, he dovetails deep knowledge with understanding and compassion.

As you may know, BPD is often misdiagnosed and this book helps differentiate multiple things that may be going on and explains how to get clear on whether or not BPD is really something that is going on. I think this is a very important section and it provides enough detail to be useful, but in general he keeps his explanations of other disorders short and to the point.

The discussion of psychotherapies is excellent and collected into an excellent summary of which ones are best and the indication for when to use them.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Hamon on September 1, 2004
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Thank God for Dr. Friedel's compassionate, informational, and helpful book. Finally a book to replace "I Hate You..." which is outdated. I suffer from BPD and am just now coming to terms with the illness. I am a mental health professional who has been used to all the "inside" jokes about BPD. I have been terrified of the diagnosis but can no longer reject it. This book has taught me that I am not alone, and that I am not a big freak. Everything I experience (and that those in my life experience with me) is real. It is full of information about treatment and is also full of acceptance and hope. Of any book that I would recommend for both professionals and persons with BPD, THIS would be the one!!!!
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Tulip on October 30, 2005
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This book is thorough, comprehensive and very INSIGHTFUL in its description of Borderline Personality Disorder, and offers detailed lists of available treatments, medications and resources to help patients and their families deal with this desease. I know it because I suffer from BPD and Dr. Friedel describes me to a T... I am the anxious-fearful BPD sufferer with a dose of depression... I was pleasantly surprised to find a clinician who finally gets what I think and feel, something that is not very common.

Before reading this book, I had been told I was suffering from BPD, but I really did not understand what BPD was, even while attending therapy. After reading this book, I finally believe I suffer from this disorder, and I am more informed about what kind of therapist and treatment I want and deserve.

Mr. Friedel is neither reproachful nor punishing to those suffering from BDP, something that I highly appreciate. He is a flash of fresh air among the psychiatrists and psychologists I have known, who somehow believed I did not have a real problem with my emotions and myself, and therefore believed, I could completely control my actions regardless of the level of suffering I was in... (A psychiatrist after a crisis took me aside and told me he would restrain me with a force jacket if I continued asking him questions; and I was supended from therapy, of all things, at a hospital treatment program after an on-site self-destructive incident without a discussion of the reasons I was hurting myself... that goes far enough to show that patients NEED to be discriminat about who they choose as a therapist, and Dr. Friedel points this out: not all therapists are willing nor able to treat BPD patients.)

Dr. Robert O. Friedel REALLY knows what he is talking about, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about this poorly understood disorder.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Corrine on July 23, 2004
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As a person living with BPD, I cannot express adequately my relief, gratitude and newfound hope upon reading this remarkable book. I recommend it highly to anyone with this disorder, as well as their families and therapists.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Reviewer on July 29, 2005
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I agree with the other reviewer -- the scant information in this book can all be easily found on the web. In fact, Helen's BPD Resources website actually has much more information than is contained in this book and does a better job of explaining the disorder to boot.

He tries to cover too many topics and because of that each topic is just a shallow overview. There is one chapter explaining the diagnosis -- that's right, just one chapter, and it's basically just the DSM-IV with no new insight.

The chapter on the history of the diagnosis struck me as irrelevent to most readers. The two case histories were very brief, lacking in details, and did not paint a broad picture of the manifestation of behaviors that can occur from BPD.

The treatment information is shallow, without recommending one over another. He basically runs the gamut of all available therapies and drugs used to treat *any* mental illness without doing much to differentiate which is most effective for BPD -- though he does have a preference for low-dose anti-psychotics. Now that I've told you that you can save yourself reading those chapters, because that's the only important point you will glean from it.

I could've written this book just from the research I've been doing on my own on the web. I think it's more important to give people, especially non-BPD's, an in depth understanding beyond the DSM-IV of what this disorder is really like. For that, please get "Sometimes I Act Crazy" by Kreisman instead. If you only read one book on BPD (and I've read several), you should read "Sometimes I Act Crazy." Skip this one entirely.
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