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Borderline Personality Disorder for Dummies

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Your clear, compassionate guide to managing BPD -- and living well

Looking for straightforward information on Borderline Personality Disorder? This easy-to-understand guide helps those who have BPD develop strategies for breaking the destructive cycle. This book also aids loved ones in accepting the disorder and offering support. Inside you'll find authoritative details on
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by For Dummies
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This was a pleasure to read, it had lots of great information. However, I had a couple of concerns. First of all, it seems kind of careless to include chapters on how to break up/end friendship with those who have Borderline Personality Disorder. I understand there should be material on that, but it kind of triggered worries in me (as someone with BPD) especially since it was my boyfriend who bought the book for me. I just wonder if that was such a good idea, considering the audience. Another pr ...more
I found this really helpful. It's the first I have read on borderline personality disorder and it has been a great help to me and provided with some useful coping strategies, that I hope will work for me.
Andrew Douglass
Accessible and improved by many examples. I felt it would have been better if it had been tightened up—some material is wordy and repetitive. I also felt it was forced into the Dummies erratic format rather than writen normal prose. (For example, I got tired of bullet points and plugs for other Dummies books. :-) I would have liked more detail on how to how a partner might respond to Borderline—the book seemed to jump to escape strategies a bit fast. Advice on the web to run away is certainly pr ...more
Markus Vrooman
It's a Dummies guide so don't expect highbrow clinical scientific data. You may feel you have BPD after reading it , but I'm relieved to say I don't exhibit the hardcore signs (we all have our mood swings) I was hoping to understand why a person close to me acted out the way he did. I'm sad to say he does have the classic symptoms.
You may not have cared about me but I CARE about you. In a few months things may be different but for now I had to pin this BPD article. You have every symptom.
Jun 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with bpd
Recommended to Stephanie by: Found it on the internet
Very informative. I also have Bipolar disorder and a lot of the symptoms overlap. So it's like you get a double dose. But with the right meds you can live a good life.
Michelle Turner
I thought this book was very informative and well written but didn't like the bit assuming people with borderline personality disorder might not understand the title Borderline personality disorder for dummies , taking the word dummies literately . Just about everyone knows that these information dummies books are for people who have no knowledge on something to read in layman's terms . It shouldn't be suggested that a person with bpd wouldn't be able to understand and need to be reassured . Peo ...more
A DEFINITE must-read for sufferers and their nearest and dearest.
This book provides a good overview. The authors state that BPD is a highly individual disorder and doesn't easily generalize to a population, and I appreciated that. I sort of feel like though the "image" of the BPD sufferer in this book is on the very volatile, extreme end of the spectrum, where the majority of people with BPD are often in the middle of the continuum - they do have problems, but they do not pose a danger/threat to other people. I skimmed through the book because I found a lot o ...more
Jukka Häkkinen
Törmäsin tähän kirjaan Santa Monicassa kirjakaupassa ja For Dummies-sarjan kirja psykologiasta vaikutti huvittavalta. Olin tottunut näkemään näitä keltaisia kirjoja lähinnä Kuinka opit käyttämään Powerpointtia-tyyppisistä aiheista. Yllättäen kirja olikin todella hyvä. Tämä on selkeä katsaus rajatilan kaikkiin mahdollisiin puoliin ja todella monesta eri näkökulmasta (rajatilainen itse, puoliso, vanhempi, lapsi, ystävä, terapeutti). Virkistävää on myös se, että tästä puuttuu täysin psykologiseen p ...more
This book explains Borderline Personality Disorder in very plain, easy-to-understand layman's terms. It was really easy to follow. I would recommend it to anyone.
This book brings a lot of insight to BPD. It has been a great resource for coping mechanisms for myself and beneficial to those closest to me.
Quite informative and with very good tips, but I didn't like the part where it suggests ways to end a relationship with a borderline. Also, I felt at times the authors really think borderlines are dangerous, deficient weirdos.
Tara Calaby
Normally, I wouldn't have bothered with a Dummies book on the subject, but I had seen quite a few positive reviews of this book in various locations, so I decided to check it out. It's actually surprisingly decent! A good overall look at BPD, with sections for people with BPD, people who know people with BPD and therapists. The sections for partners and friends do seem very focussed on how to leave the person with BPD in your life, though, which is unfortunate :/
Chanel J
A good book detailing the issues and symptoms of BPD.
I have issue with the way it constantly repeats that people with BPD aren't monsters, and then proceeds to describe them as horrible stressful people with no relief in the 'help for partners' section.
Wanted to know more about treatment options for combination of BPD and alcohol abuse. But this is a good overview and speaks to BPD sufferers as well as their loved ones.
It is helping me to understand myself a little more. I find these books a little hard and exasperating to read sometime but they are good books.
It took me FOREVER to finish this book. Some good info, but a lot of stuff I already knew and some really boring stuff.
Tracy Morton
Some good info but not fabulously enlightening.
Good overview, good advice.
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“with friends at a local coffee shop Posting comments on discussion boards rather than communicating face to face in social settings Conversing via e-mails and text messages rather than phone conversations Being a part of anonymous online support groups rather than attending local support group meetings Cybersnooping friends' profiles rather than getting to know them personally Of course, some of these ways of "techno-relating" are fun and beneficial. The social components of the Web appeal to many people because they offer easier, safer, and quicker ways to connect to others. No one really knows to what extent isolation from overuse of technological ways of relating to other people contributes to the development of BPD or other emotional problems. However, technology can prevent the in-person contact you need to build relationships and trust. To get better, people with BPD need real relationships, real social support, and real feedback about their behavior.” 0 likes
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