Borderline Personality Books

Recommended books to help you learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder

Surviving a Borderline Parent - How to Heal your Childhood Wounds and Build Trust, Boundaries

Author: Janet Wirth-Cauchon

Surviving a Borderline Parent is the first step-by-step guide for adult children of parents with borderline personality disorder.

Between 6 and 10 million people in the US suffer from borderline personality disorder. This book teaches adult children how to overcome the devastating effects of growing up with a parent who suffers from BPD.

Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

Author: Rachel Reiland

With astonishing honesty, this memoir, Get Me Out of Here, reveals what mental illness looks and feels like from the inside, and how healing from borderline personality disorder is possible through intensive therapy and the support of loved ones. A mother, wife, and working professional, Reiland was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder at the age of 29--a diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and promiscuity. A truly riveting read with a hopeful message.

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change

Author: Valerie, Porr

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by unstable moods, negative self-image, dangerous impulsivity, and tumultuous relationships. Many people with BPD excel in academics and careers while revealing erratic, self-destructive, and sometimes violent behavior only to those with whom they are intimate. Others have trouble simply holding down a job or staying in school. Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is a compassionate and informative guide to understanding this profoundly unsettling-and widely misunderstood-mental illness, believed to affect approximately 6% of the general population. Rather than viewing people with BPD as manipulative opponents in a bitter struggle, or pitying them as emotional invalids, Valerie Porr cites cutting-edge science to show that BPD is a true neurobiological disorder and not, as many come to believe, a character flaw or the result of bad parenting... Offering families and loved ones supportive guidance that both acknowledges the difficulties they face and shows how they can be overcome, Porr teaches empirically-supported and effective coping behaviors and interpersonal skills, such as new ways of talking about emotions, how to be aware of nonverbal communication, and validating difficult experiences... Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder is an empowering and hopeful resource for those who wish to gain better understanding of the BPD experience-and to make use of these insights in day-to-day family interactions. Winner of the ABCT Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award 2011

Women Who Hurt Themselves: A Book Of Hope And Understanding

Author: Dusty Miller

Many books have described victims of rape and battering, but scant attention has been paid to another form of harm increasingly common among women. Here at last is a book that provides help for the thousands of women who secretly inflict violence on themselves. Filled with moving stories, this powerful and compassionate book is the first to focus on women who harm themselves through self-mutilation, compulsive cosmetic surgeries, eating disorders, and other forms of chronic injury to the body.

Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

Author: Marsha Linehan

This book is a step-by-step guide to teaching clients four sets of skills: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. A vital component in Dr. Linehan’s comprehensive treatment program, the manual details precisely how to implement DBT behavioral skills training procedures. It provides everything the clinician needs to implement the program in skills training groups or with individual clients. Included are lecture notes, discussion questions, exercises, and practical advice on dealing with frequently encountered problems. Fabulous.

Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation

Author: Steven Levenkron

Nearly a decade ago, Cutting boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder now affecting as many as two million Americans and one in fifty adolescents. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehensible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples from his practice, Steven Levenkron traces the factors that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior. Written for sufferers, parents, friends, and therapists, Cutting explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and describes how patients can be helped.

Sometimes I Act Crazy: Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

Author: Jerold J. Kreisman, Hal Straus

A source of hope, expert advice, and guidance for people with borderline personality disorder and those who love them, this new book by Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus, bestselling authors of I Hate You, Don't Leave Me, offers proven techniques that help you:
* Manage mood swings
* Develop lasting relationships
* Improve your self-esteem
* Keep negative thoughts at bay
* Control destructive impulses
* Understand your treatment options
* Find professional help

The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

Author: Kiera Van Gelder

Kiera Van Gelder's struggles with drug addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress, self-harm, and chaotic romantic relationships began with her first suicide attempt when she was 12 years old.  Twenty years later, she was belatedly diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

The Buddha and the Borderline is an unblinking portrayal of one woman's fight against the emotional devastation of borderline personality disorder, providing a window into this mysterious and debilitating condition. Ms. Van Gelder's intimate memoir chronicles both the devastating period that led to her eventual diagnosis.  We are also inspired by her recovery through therapy, Buddhist spirituality, and a few online dates gone wrong. Kiera's story sheds light on the private struggle to transform suffering into compassion for herself and others, and is essential reading for all seeking to understand what it truly means to recover and reclaim the desire to live.

The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide

Author: Alan E. Fruzzetti Ph.D.

The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Validation

The High-Conflict Couple adapts the powerful techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) into skills you can use to tame out-of-control emotions that flare up in your relationship. Using mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques, you'll learn how to deescalate angry situations before they have a chance to explode into destructive fights. Other approaches will help you disclose your fears, longings, and other vulnerabilities to your partner and validate his or her experiences in return. You'll discover ways to manage problems with negotiation, not conflict, and to find true acceptance and closeness with the person you love the most.

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BP

Author: Robert O. Friedel

Over six million Americans suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a chronic, disabling psychiatric condition that causes extreme instability in their emotional lives, behavior, and self-image, and severely impacts their family and friends. In Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, Dr. Robert Friedel, a leading expert in BPD and a pioneer in its treatment, has turned his vast personal experience into a useful and supportive guide for everyone living with and seeking to understand this condition. Friedel helps readers grasp the etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder, the course it takes, the difficulties in diagnosing it, the types of treatment available, strategies for coping, and much more. Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified is an invaluable resource for everyone diagnosed with BPD, those who think they might have the illness, and friends and family who love and support them.

The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five "Difficult" Types of Children

Author: Greenspan, Stanley

In his latest book, Greenspan (psychiatry, behavioral science, and pediatrics, George Washington Univ. Medical Sch.) proposes methods for dealing with challenging children that focus on using both "nature" (the inborn temperament of the child) and "nurture" (the impact of the child's environment). Following an opening discussion of stages of child development, Greenspan devotes subsequent chapters to each of five types of special children: the highly sensitive, the self-absorbed, the defiant, the inattentive, and the active/ aggressive. Through use of case examples, he helps parents to identify and understand problem behaviors, to develop a plan to deal with that behavior, and to find the keys to help a difficult child cope. Both those who work with difficult children and their parents and any parent seeking to enhance his or her relationship with a child will find much useful advice here.