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The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide is exactly what its title suggests. Through the use of many rich clinical examples and exacting and intriguing metaphors, Chapman and Gratz take us through the diagnosis and probable causes of BPD, some of the myths about BPD, and possible explanations of the problems that often accompany BPD. They review both psychological and medication treatments and end up with very practical advice on how to deal with suicidal thoughts as well as with situations when control over one's emotions seems tenuous at best. Clearly written and easily read, this book truly is a practical everyday guide not only to surviving but to growing healthier while struggling with BPD.
—Kenneth R Silk, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Personality Disorders Program at the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System

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This book offers a complete overview of borderline personality disorder (BPD), its symptoms and treatment, and ways BPD sufferers can navigate their lives with this complicated condition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (November 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245075
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Alex Chapman is a Registered Psychologist, an Associate Professor, and Coordinator of the Clinical Science area in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) as well as the President of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Chapman received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Idaho State University, following an internship at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (founder of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) at the University of Washington. Dr. Chapman directs the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory at SFU, where he studies the role of emotion regulation in BPD, self-harm, impulsivity, and other behavioural problems. He has published numerous scientific articles and chapters on these and other topics and has given many scientific conference presentations on his research. He regularly gives local, national, and international workshops and invited talks on DBT and the treatment of BPD, has consulted with and trained clinicians in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., and trains and supervises clinical psychology students. He has received the Young Investigator's Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association's (CPA) Early Career Scientist Practitioner Award (2011), and an 8-year Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. He has co-authored four books: The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Behavioral Interventions in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The DBT Workbook for Anxiety. All three of his self-help books received the 2012 ABCT Self-Help Book Seal of Merit Award. In addition, Dr. Chapman enjoys practicing martial arts and mindfulness meditation, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his wonderful wife and two young sons.

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264 of 271 people found the following review helpful By shootingstar on December 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
As someone diagnosed with BPD, I have done a lot of research on the condition, both online and by reading any book written on the subject. Many of those books (except for BPD Demystified)are extremely outdated, even if they're only a few years old. And many of them were disappointedly irresponsible, being quite negative and insisting that the prognosis was always dire and/or perpetuating the huge myth that those diagnosed with BPD are basically manipulative.

I say this because this book is different. It has the latest information on BPD, from what it is, how it may come about, what therapies are out there, if medication helps, and, quite important, speaks about new research on the brain and how this research shows actual physical differences in those with BPD. The book succeeds most in 2 particular ways: (1) In the way it is organized. Well-written chapters, clear headings and subheadings, easy for anyone and everyone to understand, and comprehensive summaries at chapter ends to note the main points. The books is also divided into Parts I and II, to make the focus and direction even clearer. For this alone, it is a book I would recommend to anyone interested in BPD, whether a professional, consumer, family member, friend, student, etc.

And furthermore, (2) The Survival Guide does not take one position and stubbornly adhere to it. It recognizes that there are many differences among those diagnosed with BPD, even as the similarities in how they "match" the criteria kinda puts us all in the same group. Of all the information out there, it presents the most "open" view, meaning that it is informative and hopeful and recognizes that this is a complex condition but that it is indeed treatable. And the authors cite many studies to back up their points.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By jaspertyler on August 3, 2008
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I was preparing for a presentation for NAMI and was asked to help clients, family members, and other professionals understand BPD. I found this to be an important task due to the negative information that is out there on BPD. This book was published just prior to the date of the presentation and I used it as a main source for the presentation and recommended it to all who attended. I also highly recommended it to my consultation team as something they may benefit from reading as well as to recommend for their clients. I found this book to be very informative, describing BPD from the model used within DBT therapy. The book was hopeful and inspiring to me in working with clients with BPD and I hope this book is read by many. I thank the authors for writing a book that is so user friendly. Several of my clients have benefited from this book already!
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on February 28, 2009
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This book is great for those suffering from BPD! Don't by walking on Egg Shells! It makes those with BPD look like a monster which isn't true! Buy this! Its also great for loved ones who are trying to understand the disorder. High recommended! A keeper! Offers coping skills. A suggestions of treatments that might help as well as self-harm and suicide prevention. Its nice to see your own behavior and how it might be helped because YOU have to be the one to fix it!
*****!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2008
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I was recently diagnosed with BPD and am just starting to research it and found this book. I looked at a couple others but compared to this one, this one was by far the best. I especially liked the part talking about common myths with BPD, it was very encouraging.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By anna johnson on February 6, 2014
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The first book i read on bpd (stop walking on eggshells) was horribly insensitive and left me feeling angry and hopeless.
Luckily i read this one next,and it gave me hope that i could actually learn to cope with BPD. I have now been in DBT therapy for 11 months,and it has completely changed my life.
It is just an introduction, but it offers hope for a very complicated diagnosis.
Read this book, and then follow through with a good therapist, who specializes in DBT.
You will be amazed at the difference it makes in every aspect of your life.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SV on October 22, 2011
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Part one of this book is wonderful, because it offers a positive view on bpd that doesn't seem very common. From other sources I had gotten the point of view that people with bpd, or who have bpd traits, are manipulative, terrible people who can't be cured (see ch.2 regarding myths). It is written in a easy to understand format, and not overly wordy and clinical (which I personally would find offputting and boring, but may be a preferable format to others).

This book however points out that people with bpd aren't manipulative, but are dealing with pain using poor coping skills. Basically the writers say that the problem is not that you experience powerful emotions and urges -- you probably can't make the emotions go away -- but you can learn how to cope with them successfully and you (and others you interact with) will suffer less as a result. They even say that it is curable, and once the skills are learned, that unlike depression, there is little likelihood of relapse. They also mentioned that if you have other issues such as depression, or anxiety, etc along with bpd, those usually improve when you learn skills to deal with bpd.

Part 2 of the book gives you an overview of DBT and Mentalization therapies. Later chapters provide information on skills taught in DBT groups on how to cope with painful events or emotions. There is also a discussion on medication, but I skipped over that. The only downside of part two is that the information is over 4 years old (book published in 2007). The organizations and websites provided may be out of date or appear to be defunct at this point (the TARA website has a copyright of 2004 in their footer, for example, and the last event I saw on there was listed in 2008). There is probably more up to date research on new therapies for BPD, as well as info on medication that this book won't have.

Overall it is a good introduction to bpd. I definitely recommend reading all of part one found most of part two helpful.
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