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 the causes of BPD and proven treatments, as well as advice on working with therapists, managing symptoms, and enjoying a full life.

  • Review the basics of BPD — discover the symptoms of BPD and the related emotional problems, as well as the cultural, biological, and psychological causes of the disease

  • Understand what goes wrong — explore impulsivity, emotional dysregulation, identity problems, relationship conflicts, black-and-white thinking, and difficulties in perception; and identify the areas where you may need help

  • Make the choice to change — find the right care provider, overcome common obstacles to change, set realistic goals, and improve your physical and emotional state

  • Evaluate treatments for BPD — learn about the current treatments that really work and develop a plan for addressing the core symptoms of BPD

  • If someone you love has BPD — see how to identify triggers, handle emotional upheavals, set clear boundaries, and encourage your loved one to seek therapy

Open the book and find:

  • The major characteristics of BPD

  • Who gets BPD — and why

  • Recent treatment advances

  • Illuminating case studies

  • Strategies for calming emotions and staying in control

  • A discussion of medication options

  • Ways to stay healthy during treatment

  • Tips for explaining BPD to others

  • Help for parents whose child exhibits symptoms

  • Treatment options that work and those you should avoid

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About the author

Charles H. Elliott, PhD, and Laura L. Smith, PhD, are clinical psychologists who specialize in training mental health professionals in the treatment of adolescents and adults with personality disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, and depression. They are the coauthors of Depression For Dummies, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, and Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Jul 1, 2009
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9780470550625
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / General
Psychology / Psychopathology / Dissociative Identity Disorder
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Elaine Iljon Foreman
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Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies, UK Edition covers:

Part I: Recognising and Recording Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 1: Spotting the Signs of Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 2: Digging Up the Roots of Your Worries
Chapter 3: Overcoming Obstacles to Change
Chapter 4: Monitoring Your Moods 

Part II: Understanding Your Thinking: Cognitive Therapy
Chapter 5: Viewing Things A Different Way
Chapter 6: Challenging and Changing Thoughts
Chapter 7: Seeing Clearly: Gaining A New Perspective
Chapter 8: Maintaining Awareness and Achieving Acceptance

Part III: Taking Action: Behaviour Therapy
Chapter 9: Facing Feelings: Avoiding Avoidance
Chapter 10: Lifting Your Spirits With Exercise
Chapter 11: Taking Pleasure from Leisure
Chapter 12: Just Do It! – Tackling Life’s Problems

Part IV: Feeling It Where It Hurts: Healing the Body
Chapter 13: Taking the Relaxation Route
Chapter 14: Making Your Mind Up About Medication

Part V: Revitalising Relationships
Chapter 15: Working on Relationships
Chapter 16: Smoothing Out Conflict

Part VI: Life Beyond Anxiety and Depression
Chapter 17: Reducing the Risk of Relapse
Chapter 18: Promoting The Positive

Part VII: The Part of Tens
Chapter 19: Ten Helpful Resources
Chapter 20: Ten Terrific Tips

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