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New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions Paperback – June 25, 2002
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—John G. Gunderson M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"With up-to-date information about the nature of borderline pathology and its treatment, this book is written in a humane and sympathetic style. Those with BPD, as well as members of their families, will benefit greatly from reading it."
—Joel Paris, Ph.D., professor and chair of psychiatry, McGill University
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Now you can overcome the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and develop a more positive outlook on life, "starting today. Inside is a compassionate and complete look at the most up-to-date information on managing the symptoms of BPD as well as coping strategies for you, your friends, and your loved ones. This thoughtful book will teach you how to manage your moods, develop lasting and meaningful relationships, and create a fulfilling, happier state of mind. Your new world of hope starts now as you uncover:
-Effective methods for building self-esteem and minimizing negative thoughts
-Early intervention for children with BPD symptoms
-Information on how psychotherapy can help modify and enhance coping abilities
-Cutting-edge alternative and complementary therapies
-And much more!
Top Customer Reviews
This book discusses EVERYTHING a consumer would want to know and more. Easy to read. Filled with knowledge about what BPD is, treatment, a special outstanding section for families - you name it, it is here. This book I know will further not only consumer's knowlege of the BPD but it is helpful for families as well. I believe clinicians will learn a great deal in regards to treatment.
This book is easily the best book out there for the BPD consumer. It is also the best book for BPD families and those that love the people who suffer this very painful disorder. The family section reads totally without stigma, is understanding of the consumer and contains information on things you can do to help. There is no blaming of the Borderline consumer in "New Hope..."
If you have the BPD or are a family member, this book is priceless. In many cases it is us who have to educate our mental health clinicians in order to be treated correctly. BPD is highly misunderstood in this society. This disorder is treatable and the information is here in this book.
They quote DSMIV as if it was brought down from Mt Sinai by Moses. Much of what it says about personality disorders is dubious. In fact. to be honest, some of these conditions are closer to misbehavior than to illness, but I suppose that's too philosophical an issue for a book like this to deal with.
They should have mentioned hotlines in their discussion of suicide.
The descriptions of etiology obscure the fact that most findings are fuzzy and inconclusive. They say the parents are not to blame then state that "studies have shown that approximately two-thirds to three-quarters of people with BPD have a history of being abused sexually."
I thought Chapter 3 (Psychotherapy) was the best, with lucid explanations of the different approaches and a good summary of Linehan's work. There are very useful appendixes with referral sources and WEB sites.
So I decided to give a quick explanation on this book, in addition to a review, so that other people might find the information useful...
"New Hope for people with BPD" is not a self help book; it is a self-help suggestion book. Meaning, the book begins, as does every other BPD book, with describing the disorder, explaining the DSM criteria and giving useful information about the condition. After that, the author proceeds to vastly describing treatment methods found in the USA today.
Throughout the book he covers many different kinds of therapeutic approaches quite objectively, leaving the reader with a ton of useful info and a bigger chance to make an educated decision on the therapeutic approach that is right for him/her. If up until now you had to go to a therapist and raise the question of "how are you planning to treat me?" without knowing anything about other ways, now you can read this book and decide beforehand on the way you see fittest for yourself.
The author includes various alternative approaches, such as alternative medicine, self help and nutritional options, but he does not give direct instruction on how to actually treat the disease, only information about options out there.
It is true that the author does concentrate mainly on the extreme symptoms of BPD, rather than the root of the problem, but then again, he is not presuming to solve the problem, but to help us find a way to solve it ourselves with the help of therapy.Read more ›
I bought this book hoping to find new concrete help for family members of those with bpd. I was disappointed.
The chapter for the family started great, but stopped too soon. Also, the book appeared to contradict itself when it denounced boundary setting by family members when it had suggested some great books on boundaries in the self-help chapter.
I found the book, Imperfect Harmony by Coleman, to repeat the good points of the New Hope. However, that book went beyond this one with depth, compassion, challenging questions for reflection, and concrete steps. He points out the benefits of his advice for both the spouse suffering from a mental illness such as BPD as well as their spouse and their children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After learning my girlfriend had BPD we read a story in this and it was very relatable. This book helped us understand the problems and how to handle them.Published 5 months ago by Ian M.
Well, I have been reading through all the collective lifelong library of a psychiatry professor whom died, while our team lists them here on Amazon, I have found some of it to be... Read morePublished 11 months ago by nathan varley
I have read a number of books on BPD, thus far this book is the best one I have found. I would recommend it over the other ones that I have read.Published 21 months ago by Kelly L Keeth
This book is very insightful into the heart, soul, and mind of someone suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Mike T.
Save for the professionals. It's written for them! Other wise it's ok? I hope this helps someone. There are better self help books out there for BPD!Published on July 11, 2013 by Brad Merle
As a partner of a person with BPD I found this extremely helpful for me and her. Do recommend it !Published on May 21, 2013 by Ted
This was one of several books I read after finding out about BPD. It helped our understanding of our daughter's behavior and emotional state. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by higher ed