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Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-Of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationshipby Shari Y. Manning
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People with the borderline personality disorder (BPD) are often self-destructive and surrounded by chaos. This guide for spouses, family, and friends gives advice on surviving emotional crises, making decisions about hospitalization, and coping. Author Manning is a former trainer in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), one of the only evidence-based treatments for BPD. In addition to explaining the complex web of symptoms and causes of BPD, she introduces the same communication and validation skills that are taught to DBT therapists, demonstrated with many examples from the author's professional experience. A final chapter on getting help briefly reviews the four main therapies for BPD: DBT, mentalization-based therapy, schema-focused therapy, and transference-focused psychotherapy. Resource pages list therapy clinics, research centers, and advocacy and treatment organizations in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. Books and DVDs are also listed. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
People with BPD can be compassionate, caring, smart, and funny, but they are also prone to explosive emotional outbursts and highly self-destructive acts. BPD expert Dr. Shari Manning helps overwhelmed loved ones understand why their spouse, adult child, or other family member acts so "impossible"—and learn to respond differently. She presents simple yet powerful strategies that can radically transform a troubled relationship. Loads of true stories demonstrate ways to defuse crises, set limits, and help the person with BPD build crucial problem-solving and emotion-management skills. Empathic, hopeful, and science based, this is the first book for significant others grounded in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), the most effective treatment for BPD. Dr. Manning is a longtime associate of DBT originator Marsha M. Linehan.
People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be intensely caring, warm, smart, and funny—but their behavior often drives away those closest to them. If you're struggling in a tumultuous relationship with someone with BPD, this is the book for you. Dr. Shari Manning helps you understand why your spouse, family member, or friend has such out-of-control emotions—and how to change the way you can respond. Learn to use simple yet powerful strategies that can defuse crises, establish better boundaries, and radically transform your relationship. Empathic, hopeful, and science based, this is the first book for family and friends grounded in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the most effective treatment for BPD.
About the Author
Shari Y. Manning, PhD, is a clinician in private practice and the former President/CEO of Behavioral Tech and Behavioral Tech Research, the organizations founded by Marsha M. Linehan to provide training in DBT. Dr. Manning has focused on the treatment of people with BPD since 1993. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Marsha M. Linehan
I. Understanding Your Loved One and Your Relationship
1. “Why Do I Feel So Lost in This Relationship?”
2. What Makes Someone So Emotional?
3. The Hidden Power of Validation
4. Five Steps to Balanced Responses and Better Outcomes
II. The Many Faces of Borderline Personality Disorder
5. "I Can't Stand Feeling Like This!"
6. "It Was All My Fault"
7. "You Have to Fix This for Me!"
8. "Things Are Awful . . . but Don't Worry; I'm Handling It"
9. "Why Do Terrible Things Keep Happening to Me?"
10. "Nothing's Wrong—I'm Fine"
III. Dealing with Crisis and Getting Help
11. Handling Your Own Difficult Emotions
12. Understanding Self-Harm/Suicide and Making Decisions about Hospitalization
13. Getting Treatment and SupportResources
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