The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide

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If you or someone you love is struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you need up-to-date, accurate, and accessible information on the problems you’re facing and where you can turn for help. But where do you look? Much of the professional literature on BPD is too technical and confusing to be of much help. And searching the Internet for accurate information can be treacherous, with some sites providing useful information and others giving dangerous advice and misinformation. If you’re living with BPD, this compassionate book offers what you really need: an easy-to-follow road map to guide you through this disorder and its treatment.

This book provides answers to many of the questions you might have about BPD: What is BPD? How long does it last? What other problems co-occur with BPD? Overviews of what we currently know about BPD make up the first section of the book. Later chapters cover several common treatment approaches to BPD: DBT, mentalization-based treatment (MBT), and medication treatments. In the last sections of the book, you’ll learn a range of useful coping skills that can help you manage your emotions, deal with suicidal thoughts, and cope with some of the most distressing symptoms of BPD.

Book Info

Publication date: 2007
Pages: 256
Binding: softcover
Author: Alex L. Chapman, PhD, and Kim L. Gratz
Foreword: Perry D. Hoffman, PhD

Author Info

Dr. Alex Chapman is a Registered Psychologist, an Associate Professor, and Coordinator of the Clinical Science area in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) as well as the President of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Chapman received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia and his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Idaho State University, following an internship at Duke University Medical Center. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (founder of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) at the University of Washington. Dr. Chapman directs the Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory at SFU, where he studies the role of emotion regulation in BPD, self-harm, impulsivity, and other behavioural problems. He has published numerous scientific articles and chapters on these and other topics and has given many scientific conference presentations on his research.

He regularly gives local, national, and international workshops and invited talks on DBT and the treatment of BPD, has consulted with and trained clinicians in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., and trains and supervises clinical psychology students. He has received the Young Investigator’s Award of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (2007), the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) Early Career Scientist Practitioner Award (2011), and an 8-year Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

He has co-authored four books: The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide, Behavioral Interventions in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Freedom from Self-Harm, and The DBT Workbook for Anxiety. All three of his self-help books received the 2012 ABCT Self-Help Book Seal of Merit Award. In addition, Dr. Chapman enjoys practicing martial arts and mindfulness meditation, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his wonderful wife and two young sons.