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Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (The New Harbinger Guides for the Newly Diagnosed Series) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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Kim L. Gratz, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she serves as director of personality disorders research and director of the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) clinic. In 2005, Gratz received the Young Investigator Award of the National Education Alliance for BPD. Gratz has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on borderline personality disorder, deliberate self-harm, and emotion regulation (among other topics), and is coauthor of several books, including The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Anxiety. Gratz currently serves as principal investigator or co-investigator on several major grants from the National Institutes of Health.
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A chapter giving a definition of this personality disorder is followed by another discussing myth and stigmas surrounding the disorder. Movies like "Fatal Attraction" certainly played a part in the serious stigma connected with BPD. Glenn Close yielding that knife in the air is not your typical afflicted. Most do their suffering in isolation, and, if anything, they take their turbulence out on themselves rather other people. Some case studies are included too, and I always find them very interesting. How does BPD manifest itself in other people? Not everybody has been thrown into a rubber room or been heavily medicated.
Two full chapters discuss the various treatments available and also how to find the treatment that's a good fit for you or your family member. Borderline Personality inevitably takes its toll on friends and family so there's a chapter dedicated to that. It's one roller coaster ride for sure, and the next trauma/drama/meltdown is always looming up ahead.
The final two chapters deal with coping and developing a healthy lifestyle. Dialectical Behavior Therapy and mindfulness are often suggested as effective ways to cope with the surge of overwhelming emotions.
Certainly a useful, straightforward and very concisely written guide for patients and their parents.
Full disclosure: this reader was provided an advance copy through netgalley.com.
*I received my copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
a complicated concept.