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Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder


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ContributorsForewordPrefaceA word to the lay readerPart I: Diagnosis, Treatment, and PrognosisChapter 1. The borderline diagnosis: Concepts, criteria, and controversiesChapter 2. Psychotherapies for borderline personality disorderChapter 3. Suicidal and self-injurious behavior in borderline personality disorder: A self-regulation modelChapter 4. Pharmacotherapy in borderline personality disorderChapter 5. The longitudinal course of borderline personality disorderPart II: Family MattersChapter 6. Living with borderline personality disorder: Two firsthand accountsChapter 7. Family perspectives on borderline personality disorderChapter 8. From family trauma to family support systemChapter 9. Family involvement in treatmentIndex

About the Author

John G. Gunderson, M.D., is Director of the Center for Treatment and Research on Borderline Personality Disorder at McClean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D., is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and Research Associate at Weill Medical College at Cornell University in New York, New York.


This impressive book is quite successful in clearly communicating information to a diverse audience on a complex disorder. It is a one of a kind source that provides an extensive amount of information for professionals and lay persons in a unique and manageable form by blending personal experiences with current psychiatric understanding. It will be a valuable resource for family members, patients, and healthcare professionals alike. * Marie A. Dewitt, M.D., Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal *
[U]nderstanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most complete and responsibly written books I have found on any mental illness. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who needs a comprehensive introduction to what is known-and not known-about BPD. * David A. Flory, Metapsychology Online Book Reviews *
The intent of this volume on borderline personality disorder (BPD) is laudable: it seeks to offer professionals and families information and education to reduce the confusion about the disorder. Such a guide is badly needed.... There is clearly a niche for a readable text that explains BPD in ways that are helpful to families and parents. This volume begins to fill this niche and should help reduce false impressions, stigmatization of the disorder, and the blame heaped on patients and their families. * Canadian Journal of Psychiatry *
Sample cases, plain-terms discussions and definitions, and a highly accessible style and format make Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder immediately comprehensible to readers of all backgrounds. Highly recommended for anyone whose family or professional life places them in contact with or makes them responsible for borderline patients. * Midwest Book Review *

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