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Borderline Personality Disorder Hardcover – January, 1984

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"This is an important and helpful book. It should be owned and read."- "Hospital and Community Psychiatry"

About the Author

John G. Gunderson, M.D.,is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Psychosocial and Personality Research and Chief of Ambulatory Personality Disorder Services at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. He has worked in the diagnostic and treatment of borderline patients since 1969, including carrying out important studies helping to define the diagnosis and differentiate it from other disorders. He continues to work in advancing effective treatments today.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Association; 1st edition (January 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880480203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880480208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Even though John G. Gunderson's book Borderline Personality Disorder is
written about borderlines, and not to them, it offers an excellent look into
the disorder for borderlines, acquaintances of borderlines, and people
who work with borderlines. For borderlines, it provides a unique
voyeuristic look into Gunderson's frank discussion of the borderline
disorder, and it's hostages.

Dr. Gunderson begins by naming, defining and subdividing the
characteristic criteria and shows how they are displayed by the
borderline patient. He offers case examples to support his statements.
He details such effects as self destructiveness, aggression, anger,
validation, splitting, transferences, psychotic regression, depression,
devaluation, dissociation, hospitalization, suicide, pharmacotherapy,
therapy and therapist attributes. He has one entire chapter devoted to
the borderline name called The Term Borderline.

Each chapter is summarized and an index avails the reader quick access
to particular topics. At no time does the borderline reader need to
fear feeling belittled or embarrassed reading this material. Dr.
Gunderson describes the borderline patient with respect and understanding
throughtout all the book's 204 pages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vrystaat on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Borderline Personality Disorder is a complicated, devastating disorder. It is much more common than is realized.

This is an outstanding book for friends, relatives and therapists.

Unfortunately the above persons are frequently devastated about this person's rages, sarcasm & destructive behavior.

Marriages and friendships are ruined.

Essential reading
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