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Understanding The Borderline Personality

by Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D., & Hal Straus

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Review from back cover:

People with Borderline Personality Disorder experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. There are an estimated 10 million sufferers of BPD living in America today - each displaying remarkably similar symptoms:


"Am I Losing My Mind?"

  A shaky sense of identity

   Sudden violent outbursts

   Over sensitivity to real or imagined rejection

   Brief, turbulent love affairs

   Frequent periods of intense depression

   Eating disorders, drug abuse, and other self- destructive tendencies

   An irrational fear of abandonment and an inability to be alone

This is a wonderful and informative book for the beginner learning about BPD. I couldn't put it down. If you are looking for insight written in a language you can understand, then I recommend this for reading. I have also given it to family members.....Kathi

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Written by Kathi Stringer

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Because of the inconsistency of BPD, professionals have had a hard time setting the criteria for this personality disorder. At one time, BPD was informally used, a catch-all for a diagnosis that didn’t fall into other groups. It wasn’t until 1980 that BPD was included into the DSM III. Five of the eight must be present to meet the criteria for BPD, although, the risk of suicide increases with each inclusion. Note* DSM IV added an extra criteria, #9.

  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.

  2. Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships. One moment they may idealize their partner, the next, completely devaluate them. (example of splitting)

  3. Identity is always in question. Unstable self-image and sense of self. Borderlines have even been know to change their gender in search of self.

  4. Impulsiveness. At least in two areas and are self damaging. Such areas include; gambling, sex, reckless driving, spending sprees, binge eating, drugs, etc.

  5. Suicidal ideation. Self-mutilating, gestures, threats and behavior. Starvation. (in some cases, this is not to die, but to feel something, anything, to feel alive.)

  6. Severe mood shifts. Depressed and lost one moment and euphoric the next.

  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom. Life is generally uninteresting and holds no meaning.

  8. Inappropriate display of anger, or difficulty controlling anger, temper tantrums.

  9. Stress-related paranoid ideation. Severe dissociative symptoms.