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Borderline Personality Disorder


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Borderline Personality Disorder 1: History 2: How many people have borderline personality disorder? 3: What is borderline personality disorder? 4: Understanding borderline personality disorder 5: Other problems or diagnoses found in association with borderline personality disorder 6: What causes borderline personality disorder? 7: Understanding self-harm 8: Prognosis: do people with borderline personality disorder get better? 9: Is treatment effective? Recovery frameworks 10: Change 11: Psychological treatments 12: What to expect from the treatment 13: First contact with health professionals 14: Choosing a therapist 15: Developing a therapy agreement 16: Support network 17: Assessment 18: Treatment goals and treatment plan 19: Therapy relationship 20: Taking charge of your recovery 21: Power struggles and beyond 22: Prioritising your therapy focus 23: Preparation for crises 24: Medication 25: Hospitalisation Recovery specifics 26: Is it our awareness that makes a difference? 27: Is it what we do that makes a difference? 28: Is it what we think that makes a difference? 29: Is it what we feel that makes a difference? 30: Is it what we do with emotions of anger, guilt and regret that makes a difference? 31: Is it what we do with impulsive urges that makes a difference? 32: Is it taking charge of our personal boundaries that makes a difference? 33: Is it how we clarify our values and identity that makes a difference? 34: Is it how we relate to ourselves that makes a difference? 35: Is it how we relate to others that makes a difference? 36: Is it how we create pleasure that makes a difference? 37: Is it how we deal with 'flashbacks' that makes a difference? 38: Is it how we deal with crises that makes a difference? 39: Is it how we deal with our physical health that makes a difference? 40: Is it how we deal with something 'larger than ourselves' that makes a difference? 41: Notes to family and friends 42: Concluding comments

About the Author

Roy Krawitz is Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with 25 years' experience in treating patients with borderline personality disorder as therapist, consultant, trainer, researcher and scientific author. Roy has provided borderline personality disorder therapy (DBT, psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy) in a wide variety of healthcare settings. His published scientific research includes the effectiveness of therapy, the DBT program he leads and his borderline personality disorder training for professionals. This is Roy's fourth published book on borderline personality disorder, one of which (published by Oxford University Press) has also been translated and published in Dutch and Japanese. Wendy Jackson is currently employed as a mental health promoter for a national mental health organization, and is a freelance health auditor, quality manager and consumer advisor. Wendy is an ex-consumer of services for people with borderline personality disorder, having benefited from treatment implemented across inpatient, community and crisis services, and now has a robust history of recovery from borderline personality disorder. In her role as consumer consultant, Wendy has been actively involved in the setting up and delivery of treatment plans, running skills training and support groups for clients with borderline personality disorder and delivering borderline personality disorder training to professionals.


Written by an author who has recovered from [borderline personality] disorder lends the book an authenticity and practicality not found in other books. * Doody's Notes *

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