Borderline personality disorder is a severe and complex
psychiatric condition that, until recently, many considered nearly
untreatable. But this optimistic guide to BPD provides information
that will bring newfound hope to those who have this painful
disorder, and to their family and friends.
People with borderline personality disorder have problems coping
with almost everything, and therefore anything can provoke them to
impulsive actions, angry outbursts, and self-destructive behaviors.
Their personal relationships are simultaneously overly dependent
and strained, if not openly hostile, and frequently explosive.
Incorporating the latest research and thinking on the disorder,
Johns Hopkins psychiatrists Francis Mark Mondimore and Patrick
Kelly conceptualize it in an original way. They explain that
symptoms are the result of biological and behavioral problems,
extremes of temperament, and impaired psychological coping, all of
which may have a relationship with traumatic life events.
The authors advocate a therapeutic approach incorporating
compassion and optimism in the face of what is often a tumultuous
disease. With proper treatment, people with borderline personality
disorder can enjoy long remissions and improved quality of
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