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Borderline Personality Disorder

Selected Websites

BPDCentral. FAQ, Resources include information about BPD, books, links, and how to locate therapists and groups by state.

Borderline Personality Disorder from the Inside Out. Information, support, Ebooks, audios, videos, a decade articles by A.J. Mahari, a blog, and Life and BPD coaching.

John M. Grohol: Borderline Personality Disorder. FAQ, Symptoms, Treatment, Self-administered BPD Test, Living with BPD, How to Help, blog.

Selected Books

Bateman, Anthony and Fonagy, Peter. (2004) Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.: Mentalization-Based Treatment. Oxford Univ. Press,  NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: (partial contents) Epidemiological and etiological research on borderline personality disorder, Neurotransmitter abnormality, Childhood trauma and maltreatment, Biological pathways of the impact of extreme stress, Empirical evidence for mentalization-based psychoanalytic treatment, Disorganization of attachment, Remembering trauma, Dialectical behaviour therapy, Mentalization and mindfulness, Cognitive behavioural therapy, The common theme in psychotherapeutic approaches to borderline personality disorder, Clarification of key problems as identified by the patient,Guidelines for psychopharmacological treatment, Working with current mental states, Working with memories, General strategic recommendations for dealing with problems of impulse control, Exploring wishes hopes fears and other motivational states, Development of a capacity to form secure relationships, Suicide and self-harm inventory
NOTE: Adapted from the publisher’s statement: “The authors have developed a psychoanalytically oriented treatment to BPD known as mentalization treatment. Randomised controlled trials have shown this method to be effective. The first section gives an overview of BPD, including discussion of nosology, epidemiology, natural history, and psychosocial aetiology andsummarises the present state of our research knowledge about effective psychotherapeutic treatments and use of medication. The second section outlines the authors' theoretical approach and contrasts it with other well known methods, including DBT, CAT, and CBT. In the final section, the authors outline their clinical approach starting with how treatment is organised. A detailed account of the transferable features of the model is provided along with the main strategies and techniques of treatment. Numerous clinical examples are given to illustrate the core techniques and detailed information provided about how to apply aspects of the mentalization-based treatment approach in everyday practice.”
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Chapman, Alexander L., Gratz, Kim L. and Hoffman Perry D. (2007) The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to about Living with BPD. New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: NOTE: From the publisher “Overviews of what we currently know about BPD make up the first section of the book. Later chapters cover several common treatment approaches to BPD: DBT, mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and medication treatments. In the last sections of the book, you'll learn a range of useful coping skills that can help you manage your emotions, deal with suicidal thoughts, and cope with some of the most distressing symptoms of BPD.”
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Elliott, Charles H. and Smith, Laura L. (2009) Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies. Wiley Pub, Hoboken, NJ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Introduction, Mapping the Boundaries of Borderline Personality Disorder, Taking Note of the Major BPD Symptoms, Making the Choice to Change, Treatments for BPD, Advice for People Who Care, The Part of Tens, Appendixes
NOTE: Adapted from the publisher’s statement: “A clear, compassionate guide to managing BPD -- and living well.Contains strategies for breaking the destructive cycle, details on the causes of BPD, proven treatments, advice on working with therapists, managing symptoms, and enjoying a full life.”
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Fusco, Gina M. and Freeman, Arthur. (2004) Borderline Personality Disorder: A Patient's Guide to Taking Control.  W. W. Norton, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “BPD presents with so many clinical permutations that clinicians are often at a loss when trying to address the unique and varied needs of their clients…. Organized in chapters that correspond to each of the nine criteria for BPD, the Therapist's Guide is designed to aid the experienced therapist in performing the focused, structured work necessary with patients.”
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Gunderson, John G. and Links, Paul S. (2008) Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide. American Psychiatric Pub., Arlington, VA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: THE BORDERLINE DIAGNOSIS: From Organization to Syndrome to Disorder, Epidemiology, Intolerance of Aloneness, Misuses of the Borderline Diagnosis, Self-Injurious Behavior, Use of the Diagnosis in Adolescents, Summary, Summary, References, FAMILY INTERVENTIONS AND THERAPIES: Therapists and Countertransferences, Overcoming Resistance, Initial Family Meetings, Establishing an Alliance, Psychoeducational Family Therapy, DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS: Overlaps, Subtleties, and Treatment Implications, From Schizophrenia to Depression to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder to Bipolar Disorder, Comorbidity and Differential Diagnosis, Summary, References, OVERVIEW OF TREATMENT:Generic Therapeutic Processes and the Functions They Serve, An Overview, Sociotherapies, Changes Within Four Spheres Affects or Emotions, The Initial Structuring of Treatment, Types and Sequence of Therapeutic Alliance, Countertransference, Summary, CASE MANAGEMENT: The Primary Clinician, Qualifications, Liability Issues, Relationship Management, Managing Safety, The Principle of False Submission, Implementing Changes, Boundaries Violations and Setting Limits, Splits, Splitting, and the Virtues of Split Treatments, Giving, Receiving and Participating in Supervision, References, LEVELS OF CARE: Indications, Structure, Staffing, Selecting or Changing a Level of Care, Hospital Treatment Makes Therapy Possible, Residential Partial Hospital Care Day Treatment Basic Socialization, Intensive Outpatient Care: Behavioral Change, Outpatient Care: Interpersonal Growth, Summary, References, PHARMACOTHERAPY: Clinical Practices, Overall Role of Medications, Getting Started, Symptom Chasing, Transference/Countertransference Issues, Contraindications and Discontinuance, Summary, PHARMACOTHERAPY: Selection of Medications, The Symptom-Targeted Model, Psychodynamic Family Therapy, Marital or Couples Therapy Initial Meetings, Summary, GROUP THERAPY: Engaging Patients and the Primary Clinicians Role,Skills Training Groups, Psychodynamic Group Therapies Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy, Group Structure, Common Problems, Summary, INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPIES: Getting Started, Structuring the Therapeutic Frame External Boundaries, Therapists Qualifications, Engagement, Generic Qualities of Effective Psychotherapies, Summary, COGNITIVEBEHAVIORAL THERAPIES: Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Therapies, Basic Operant Conditioning Applications for All Treatment Settings, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapies,  Summary,  PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPIES: PreEmpirical Developments, Nonrandomized Trials, Transference Focused Psychotherapy, Overview of Change Processes, A Relational Alliance, Positive Dependency, Secure Attachment the Working Alliance and Consolidation of Self, Impasses,Summary, FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS: Diagnostic Implications, Public Awareness and Advocacy, Summary, References, PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL RESOURCES PRINTED MATERIALS VIDEOS FILMS AND WEB SITES: Videos, Web Sites
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Kernberg, Otto F. et al. (1989) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Borderline Patients. Basic Books, NY, NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: "No name has been more closely associated with borderline pathology than that of world-renowned psychiatrist Otto D. Kernberg. His conceptualization of borderline personality organization and his ego psychology—object relations approach have broadened the understanding of these difficult patients and pointed the way to a more successful treatment of them. This long-awaited book, based on years of clinical research by Kernberg and his associates, is the first to present his model of psychodynamic psychotherapy with borderline patients.Using abundant clinical vignettes and transcripts, the authors take the reader through the treatment—from establishing the contract through dealing with termination—always explaining the theory that underlies the technique. They describe the phases of treatment, beginning with the most primitive and moving on to working with advanced defenses and transferences. Included are guidelines on such crucial issues as dealing with countertransference, modifying technical neutrality, and handling suicide threats."   

Kreger, Randi. (2013) The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder: New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: About This Book --  The ABCs of BPD -- Welcome to Oz -- Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder -- Making Sense of Your Relationship -- Risk Factors of BPD -- Treating BPD -- Finding Professional Help -- Power Tools About Power Tools -- Power Tool 1 Take Good Care of Yourself -- Power Tool 2 Uncover What Keeps You Feeling Stuck -- Power Tool 3 Communicate to Be Heard -- Power Tool 4 Set Limits with Love -- Power Tool 5 Reinforce the Right Behavior -- Start Today
NOTE: From the publisher: "For family members of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), home life is routinely unpredictable and frequently unbearable. Extreme mood swings, impulsive behaviors, unfair blaming and criticism, and suicidal tendencies common conduct among those who suffer from the disorder leave family members feeling confused, hurt, and helpless....five straightforward tools to organize their thinking, learn specific skills, and focus on what they need to do to get off the emotional rollercoaster:
Take care of yourself
Uncover what keeps you feeling stuck
Communicate to be heard
Set limits with love
Reinforce the right behaviors
Together the steps provide a clear-cut system designed to help friends and family reduce stress, improve their relationship with their borderline loved one, improve their problem-solving skills and minimize conflict, and feel more self-assured about setting limits."
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Kreisman,  Jerold J. and Straus, Hal. (2010)  I Hate You -- Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality. Penguin, NY, NY.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The World of Tthe Borderline -- Chaos and Emptiness -- Roots of the Borderline Syndrome -- The Borderline Society -- Communicating with the Borderline -- Coping with the Borderline -- Seeking Therapy -- Specific Psychotherapeutic Approaches -- Medications: The Science and the Promise -- Understanding and Healing
NOTE: From the publisher: "After more than two decades as the essential guide to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), this new edition now reflects the most up- to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder as well as connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, ADHD, and eating disorders.
Both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic advancements point to real hope for success in the treatment and understanding of BPD."
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Mason, Paul and Kreger, Randi. (2010) Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder. New Harbinger, Oakland, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Does Someone You Care about Have BPD? Defining BPD, Understanding BPD Behavior, How BPD Behavior Affects Non-Bps ,Making Changes Within Yourself, Asserting Your Needs with Confidence and Clarity, Create a Safety Plan, Protecting Children from BPD Behavior, Your Borderline Child, Distortion Campaigns, What Now? Making Decisions about Your Relationship, Setting Boundaries and Honing Skills
NOTE: From the publisher: “Stop Walking on Eggshells has already helped nearly half a million people with friends and family members suffering from BPD understand this destructive disorder, set boundaries, and help their loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors. This fully revised edition has been updated with the very latest BPD research and includes coping and communication skills you can use to stabilize your relationship with the BPD sufferer in your life.”

Masterson, James F. (2013) Treatment of the Borderline Adolescent:  A Developmental Approach. Brunner/Mazel, Philadelphia, PA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part 1: Treatment of the Borerline Adolescent
Part 2: The Therapeutic Process: In-Patient
Part 3: The Therapeutic Process: Out-Patient
Part 4: Other Therapeutic Factors
Appendix: Initial and Follow-up Psychological Testing: Nancy and Bill
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Masterson, James F. (2013) Treatment of the Borderline Adult:  A Developmental Approach. Brunner/Mazel, Routledge, NY, NY.
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Mondimore, Francis Mark and Kelly, Patrick. (2011) Borderline Personality Disorder: New Reasons for Hope. John Hopkins Univ. Press, Baltimore, MD.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Clinical Picture, Personality and More, The Four Faces of Borderline Personality Disorder, What the Person Has: The Disease Perspective. The Dimensions of Borderline Personality Disorder, Behaviors I Addiction and Eating Disorders, Behaviors II Self-Harming Behaviors and Dissociation, The Life Story Childhood Experiences Development Trauma, Treating the Disease, Treating the Behaviors, Understanding the Dimensions and Addressing the Life Story, Treatment Approaches: Putting It All Together; Themes and Variations, How to Cope, How to Help, If You’ve Been Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, For Parents, Partners, Friends, and Coworkers, APPENDIX A Resources and Further Reading, APPENDIX B: Theory and Development of the Borderline Concept: A Primer for Students and Therapists     
NOTE: From the publisher: “Incorporating the latest research and thinking on the disorder, Johns Hopkins psychiatrists Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick Kelly conceptualize it in an original way. They explain that symptoms are the result of biological and behavioral problems, extremes of temperament, and impaired psychological coping, all of which may have a relationship with traumatic life events. The authors advocate a therapeutic approach incorporating compassion and optimism in the face of what is often a tumultuous disease. With proper treatment, people with borderline personality disorder can enjoy long remissions and improved quality of life.”
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Paris, Joel. (1993) Borderline Personality Disorder: Etiology and Treatment. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, DC.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Borderline Personality Disorder has two goals: 1. to build a comprehensive theory of etiology that takes into account biological, psychological, and social factors; and 2. to suggest treatment guidelines that are consistent with this theory and that are based on the findings of clinical trials.”
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Paris, Joel. (2008) Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice. Guilford Press, NY NY.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Rather than advocating a particular approach, Joel Paris examines a range of therapies and identifies the core ingredients of effective intervention. He offers specific guidance for meeting the needs of this challenging population, including ways to improve diagnosis, promote emotion regulation and impulse control, maintain appropriate therapeutic boundaries, and deal with suicidality and other crises. Highly readable, practical, and humane of BPD…”
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Reiland, Rachel. (2004) Get me out of here: My recovery from borderline personality disorder. Hazelden, Center City, MN.
NOTE: From the Publisher: "Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes - including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity. With astonishing honesty, Reiland's memoir reveals what mental illness feels like and looks like from the inside, and how healing from such a devastating disease is possible through intensive therapy and the support of loved ones."
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Wirth-Cauchon, Janet. (2001) Women and Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms and Stories. Rutgers Univ. Press, Piscataway, NJ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Women and the New Self Disorders -- An Undefined Wilderness: The History of the Borderline Concept --Women on the Borders: Feminine Instability -- Fragmented Selves: Borderline Case Narratives -- The Fatal Attraction: Illness, Women and Borderline Rage -- Conclusion: Gender and the Politics of Madness
NOTE: From a review in Metapsychology: "At the beginning of the twentieth century, "hysteria" as a medical or psychiatric diagnosis was primarily applied to women. In fact, the term itself comes from the Greek, meaning "wandering womb." We have since learned that this diagnosis had evolved from certain assumptions about women's social roles and mental characteristics, and is no longer in use. The modern equivalent of hysteria, however, may be borderline personality disorder, defined as "a pervasive pattern of instability of self-image, interpersonal relationships, and mood, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts." This diagnosis is applied to women so much more often than to men that feminists have begun to raise important questions about the social, cultural, and even the medical assumptions underlying this "illness." Women are said to be "unstable" when they may be trying to reconcile often contradictory and conflicting social expectations. In Women and Borderline Personality Disorder, Janet Wirth-Cauchon presents a feminist cultural analysis of the notions of "unstable" selfhood found in case narratives of women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. This exploration of contemporary post-Freudian psychoanalytic notions of the self as they apply to women's identity conflicts is an important contribution to the literature on social constructions of mental illness in women and feminist critiques of psychiatry in general."
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Zanarini, Mary C., Ed. (1997) Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, DC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS (partial) Evolving Perspectives on the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder --  Parameters of Childhood Sexual Abuse in Female Patients --  Childhood Factors Associated with the Development of Borderline Personality Disorder --  Etiological Factors in a Sample of Convicted Women Felons in North Carolina --  Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Maternal Attachment to the Development of Borderline Personality Disorder --  Relationship of Childhood Sexual Abuse to Dissociation and Self-Mutilation in Female Patients --  Relationship Between Lifetime Self-Destructiveness and Pathological Childhood Experiences --  Severity of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Borderline Symptoms and Familial Environment --  Neurological Vulnerability and Trauma in Borderline Personality Disorder --  A History of Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Course of Borderline Personality Disorder --  Biosocial Perspective on the Relationship of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Behavior, and Borderline Personality Disorder --  Effects of a History of Childhood Abuse on Treatment of Borderline Patients  
NOTE: From the publisher: "Over the years, borderline personality disorder (BPD) has been conceptualized in a variety of ways. However, recent research has consistently found that a history of childhood sexual abuse may affect its development. Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder explores the most recent advances regarding this highly controversial disorder, presenting the research and expertise of 26 distinguished contributors.
This book provides both the factual and the historical contexts of sexual abuse in BPD. It presents the latest findings regarding the impact of traumatic childhood experiences on the development of BPD. This new generation of research is unique in that it assesses a range of pathological childhood experiences rather than focusing solely on the parameters of abuse. This book covers many topics, including evolving perspectives on the etiology of BPD, childhood factors associated with the development of BPD, and the relationship between self-destructive behavior and pathological childhood experiences in BPD."
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updated 2/20/2014



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