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Borderline Personality Disorder

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BPD Central Online Community for Family Members with a Borderline Loved One

STUDY SHOWS "SCHEMA THERAPY" HELPS THOSE WITH BPD

Schema Therapy is showing a deeper personality change that enables patients to feel better. Schema Therapy incorporates a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and emotion-focused techniques. Jeffrey Young, Ph.D., of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New York, says that the greater effectiveness of Schema Therapy arises in part from its use of "limited re-parenting."

Books

 

Forward, Susan. Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your

            Life Use Fear, Obligation,  and Guilt to  Manipulate You

          NY:  Harper-Collins Publishers, 1997.

Gunderson, John G. Borderline Personality Disorder 1984

Gunderson, John G. and Perry D., Ph.D. Hoffman. Understanding

            and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for

            Professionals and Families

Gunderson, John G. Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical

            Guide

Kreger, Randi, with James Paul ShirelyThe Stop Walking on

            Eggshells Workbook Review.

Kreger, Randi, and Kim A. Willams-Justensen. Love and Loathing:

            Protecting Your Mental Health and Legal Rights When

Your Partner Has Borderline Personality Disorder.

Kreger, Randi is currently working on a new book. It's

an evolution of her thinking since she wrote SWOE in

1998. It contains a discussion of 3 clusters of persons

with BPD. First, the classic mental health picture as

seen in I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me. Second, is the

high functioning person whose BPD illness is hidden

to all but their family. It is very likely that a majority of

people with BPD are in this cluster. Third is a mixture of

one and two. These are not closed clusters because

there is some overlap.

Kreger, Randi. The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder: New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells

 

 

Kreisman, Jerold. I Hate You, Don't Leave Me: Understanding the

            Borderline Personality

This classic focuses on the low functioning borderline

personality disorder. It also does a good job of picking

apart the emotional and psychological development

from infancy on up, which has helps one understand where

a lot of this stuff comes from. The book also introduces

the reader to the SET theory (sympathy - empathy - truth)

as a way to cope.

The discussion of BP's and organized religion helps one to

understand how the rigid splitting common to all of them

causes them to often gravitate toward legalistic churches,

albeit only to take up legalism as another club in the arsenal

of BP weapons. Yes, people with BPD can be and often are

saved. However, they often use the Bible as a weapon of

judgment, condemnation and criticism, not of grace,

reconciliation, and love.

 

Lawson, Christine Ann, Ph.D. and Jason Aronson. Understanding the

            Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the

            Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship

Dealing with this mental illness within a family calls for

wise and firm boundaries. This book offers practical

insights and instruction where Stop Walking on Eggshells

only touches on lightly. The two books together make

an awesome pair. This book is quoted at length in the

workbook for SWOE. It is not only descriptive of the four

types of these mothers but also prescriptive in how to

relate with each type within healthy boundaries.

Lineham, Marsha M.  Cognative-Behavioral Treatment of

            Borderline Personality Disorder.  New York:  Guilford

Press, 1993

Lineham, Marsha M.  Skills Training Manual for Treating

Borderline Personality Disorder (Paperback)

Mason, Paul T., Randi Kreger, and Larry J. Siever. Stop Walking on

            Eggshells; Coping When Someone You Care about Has

Borderline Personality Disorder  New Harbinger Pubns  (July

1998)

 

While this book is written specifically for dealing with

one mental illness, I find its principles solid and

transferable to help anyone to stop walking

on eggshells around them and reclaim their own life.

 

Melville, Lynn. Breaking Free From Boomerang Love: Getting

            Unhooked From Borderline Personality Disorder

            Relationships

Miller, Alice. The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the

            True Self.

This book could also have been named The Trauma of

the Gifted Child. This sort of home environment often

produces people with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Moskovitz, Richard. Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at the

            Borderline  Personality Disorder.  Dallas, Texas: Taylor

          Publishing Company, 2001.  

Like I Hate You Don’t Leave Me, it emphasizes low-

functioning borderlines.

Oates, Wayne E. Behind the Masks: Personality Disorders in

Religious Behavior. Louisville: Westminster, 1987. Review.

Pate, C. Marvin, and Sheryl L. Pate. Behind the Masks: Personality

            Disorders in the Church. Nashville: Broadman & Holman,

          2000. Review.

Porr, Valerie. Marsha M Linehan (forward), When Someone You

            Love Has  Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Repair

            the Relationship

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is among the most difficult

to treat and debilitating of psychological problems. Even though

BPD is far rarer than major anxiety and mood disorders, it

accounts for more than 10 percent of all psychiatric outpatient

visits and more than 25 percent of all psychiatric cases that

require hospitalization. And, individuals with BPD have a greater

than 70 percent chance of attempting or committing suicide.

With statistics like these, it's easy to imagine how difficult it is

to be a family member, friend, or partner of someone with BPD.

Maintaining a safe and positive relationship despite BPD requires

specialized information and skills, the information that readers

will find in this much-needed book. "Loving Someone with

Borderline Personality Disorder" offers readers new ways of

 communicating, developing trust and repairing damaged

relationships with a person with BPD. These methods are

adapted from Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT),a revolutionary

new psychotherapy that research suggests is the most effective means of treating this disorder. The techniques presented in the book all start from a position of compassion, with the acceptance and validation of individuals with BPD. These attitudes work to foster an atmosphere for the BPD sufferer that will motivate him or her to seek treatment, to work at the treatment they've already undertaken, and to truly believe that they can get better.

 

Rashkin, Rachel MS. An Umbrella for Alex

It tells the story of how a young boy learns to understand and cope with his mother’s BPD illness.

Roth, Kimberlee and Freda B. Friedman.  Surviving a Borderline

            Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds & Build Trust

Spradlin, Scott. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How

            Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control (New

          Harbinger Self-Help

Reviews claim this book make Lineham’s Cognative-Behavioral

techniques both understandable and useful to people who do

not have a PhD. in Psychology. It is recommended for both

consumers with BPD and those with bipolar.

Tinman, Ozzie. One Way Ticket to Kansas: Caring about Someone

            with Borderline Personality Disorder and Finding a

            Healthy You

         

Walker, Anthony. The Siren's Dance : My Marriage to a

            Borderline: A Case Study Rodale Books (September 20, 2003)

Randi Kreger: “For six years, I have maintained several support

groups on the web for people who have a borderline partner.

Mr. Walker's book tells a very familiar story--ignoring red flags

in particular. Since most non-BP partners need immense

validation, this book will validate your experiences so you will

not feel so uncertain and alone if you have a BP partner.”

Weiser, Conrad.  Healers: Harmed & Harmful. Minneapolis: 

Fortress Press, 1994. 

A psychologist and Administrator Systems Therapy and

Consultation Services in Allentown, PA, Dr. Conrad has

written a very helpful book from his twenty years of

experience with clergy and churches. What he has to

say about clergy who are narcissistic, compulsive,

depressed, dependent, or borderline and helping them

 is very valuable.  

Winkler, Kathy. Randi Kreger. Hope for Parents: Helping Your

            Borderline Son or Daughter Without Sacrificing Your

            Family or Yourself. 

Zakiya, Njemile.  A Peek Inside The Goo: Depression & The

            Borderline Personality  

"This book is for friends and family.”

 

Narcissism

Brown, Nina W. Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grownup's

            Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents. Oakland,

          CA: New Harbinger Publishers, Inc., 2001.

Donaldson-Pressman, Stephanie, Robert M. Pressman. The

            Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment. San

          Francisco:  Josey-Bass Publishers, 1997.

Miller, Alice. The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the

            True Self.

This book could also have been named

The Trauma of the Gifted Child. This sort

of home environment often produces

people with Borderline Personality Disorder.

 

Bipolar

Duke, Patty and Gloria Hochman. A Brilliant Madness: Living with

            Manic Depressive Illness  Bantam, 1997, 368 pages.

This is the actor's in-depth exposition of her mental illness

and the way she has dealt with it. Interestingly, she seems

to be one of the exceptions to the rule that people with

mental illness generally deny, at least at first, that anything

could be wrong. Ms. Duke's reaction to being told of a diagnosis

of manic depression was that it "finally had a name!" and could

be dealt with. She was, however, in her late 30's (if I remember

correctly... could be wrong) when the diagnosis came and had

been through many tumultuous years prior. She is, however,

one of the persons with bipolar disorder who religiously takes her medication, and can't imagine her life without lithium.

 

Duke, Patty and Kenneth Turan. Call Me Anna: The Autobiography

            of Patty Duke Bantam, 1988, 320 pages.

Autobiography of Oscar and Emmy award winning actor Patty Duke, this one details her whole life, including her diagnosis with bipolar disorder.

Jamison, Kay Redfield. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and

            Madness Vintage, 1997, 240 pages.

This is the autobiography to read of bipolar disorder.

Kay Jamison is also a co-author of the definitive medical

text: Manic Depressive Illness. A victim of manic

depressive illness herself, An Unquiet Mind is her

"outing" from the closet of mental illness. Though

not a psychiatrist (medical doctor), she is a

teaching professor of psychiatry at the Johns

Hopkins University School of Medicine.

McReynolds, James D.Min., Psy.D. DANCING WITH BIPOLAR

            BEARS: LIVING IN JOY DESPITE ILLNESS

Chronic joy from someone who's been there, "Dancing

With Bipolar Bears"is the remarkable story of success

despite a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. James "Jimmy"

McReynolds was a rising star young minister when bipolar

illness was diagnosed in his senior year of college.

In Dancing With Bipolar Bears Dr. McReynolds shares

his remarkable story and offers unsolicited advice from

someone who's been there and is still there. If you have

an illness, this book is your tool for shaping the life

you have continued to envision but never thought possible

McReynolds, James, D.Min., Psy.D. PASSIONATE JOY:

BUILDING A WEALTH OF JOY IN A WORLD

STARVED FOR LOVE 

Passionate Joy connects the psychological and spiritual

understanding of our least discussed human emotion.

This book reflects the dawn of a revolutionary approach

to living. Norman Vincent Peale anointed Jim McReynolds

as minister of joy to the world. The most important

characteristic of a minister of joy is humility. This

book teaches people the purpose of our lives is to

create an atmosphere for joy and miracles to happen.

Life is difficult. Building a wealth of joy enables us to know

happiness. Readers will enter the joy of the Lord as

they reflect upon their own joy.

 

Neugeboren, Jay.  Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and

            Survival  Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Life of a mentally ill Robert from a brother's perspective,

this book details the trials of dealing with mental illness

in the family from a personal point of view. The author

was actually left to deal with his brother pretty much

on his own when the parents up and moved to Florida,

leaving Robert in the State mental health system in

New York while his brother, Jay, became a professor

of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Robert has been variously diagnosed as schizophrenic,

bipolar, and bipolar with schizo-affective, but the

diagnosis doesn't really make much difference in this

story; it's a moving, personal account of mental illness.

 

Papolos, Demitri M.D. and Janice Papolos.  The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder.  New York: Broadway Books, 2002, 415 pages.
 

Pauley, Jane. Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue Random House,

          2004, 288 pages.

Notable simply because Jane Pauley, former co-host of America's "Today" show and former correspondent on "Dateline," would ordinarily be one of the last people one would suspect of having bipolar disorder. Jane is generally not perceived to be the usual tenacious, hard-hitting reporter which one ordinarily identifies with having that type of job, or holding those types of positions. Rather, she seems much more like "the girl next door." It was, therefore, a headlining news story that she had been diagnosed and spent time hospitalized, for bipolar disorder.

Jane's type of bipolar, (medication induced Bipolar III), was diagnosed after she was prescribed steroids for a bout of hives. Jane's discussion of bipolar disorder is, like Jane herself, rather understated. There seems little of the drama and chaos that ordinarily accompanies and surrounds this condition in her life.

Well written and good "biography" reading, and good for getting a more well-rounded picture of who may have the disorder, but lacking in imparting substantive understanding of the disorder itself.

Spradlin, Scott. Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How

            Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control (New

          Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) (Paperback)

Reviews claim this book make Lineham’s Cognative-Behavioral

techniques both understandable and useful to people who do

not have a PhD. In Psychology. It is recommended for both

consumers with BPD and those with bipolar.


Torrey, E. Fuller, M.D. and Michael Bl. Knable, D.O. Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers.  New York: Basic Books, 2002, 306 pages.


Schizophrenia


Fuller, E. Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families,

            Consumers, and Providers (Fourth Edition) Torrey, New York:

          Harper Collins, 2001

Kotulski, Tina.  Saving Millie: A Daughter's Story of Surviving Her

            Mother's Schizophrenia

Neugeboren, Jay.  Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and

            Survival  Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Life of a mentally ill Robert from a brother's perspective,

this book details the trials of dealing with mental illness in

the family from a personal point of view. The author was

actually left to deal with his brother pretty much on his

own when the parents up and moved to Florida, leaving

Robert in the State mental health system in New York

while his brother, Jay, became a professor of English at

the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Robert has been variously diagnosed as schizophrenic,

bipolar, and bipolar with schizo-affective, but the

diagnosis doesn't really make much difference in this

story; it's a moving, personal account of mental illness.

Waterhouse, Steven.  Strength for His People: A Ministry for

            Families of the Mentally Ill (Book) Westcliff Bible Press,

          1994.

Speaking from the experience of having a brother with

schizophrenia, Pastor Steven Waterhouse shares the

painful impact of mental illness on a Christian family.

Rev. Waterhouse carefully brings to the forefront several

concerns seldom addressed in other materials—particularly

the valid and invalid theories of schizophrenia’s causes and

the relationship of psychiatry to religion. One difficult issue

is covered with a frank discussion on differentiating

schizophrenia from demon influence, this work is extremely

thought provoking.

 

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