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Re: GOOD reading for borderline type disorder

Posted by Annabelle Smith on January 20, 2011, at 21:28:46

In reply to Re: GOOD reading for borderline type disorder, posted by Dinah on January 20, 2011, at 18:08:07


A book for BPD that was recommended to me by my therapist is """"

You probably already know about this, but DBT is a kind of therapy developed by Marsha Linehan for people specifically with BPD. It works with the dialectic between validating and accepting oneself while also desiring to change destructive and painful emotions. DBT therapy also incorporates Buddhist mindfulness/mediation techniques to foster distress tolerance and to help still intense emotions. You mention that many books are pessimistic. In repeated studies, DBT has consistently shown to drastically improve the symptoms of those with BPD after one year of treatment. The DBT workbook listed here helps foster skills in distress tolerance, mindfulness practices, emotion regulation, and interpersonal interactions. I have begun to work through the book, and have found it helpful in some ways.

Maybe this helps.

Unfortunately, there are not many resources on this silent condition. People are reluctant to speak about it, clinicians are often reluctant to diagnose it, and so there are naturally few resources to help those of us who suffer from it. The nearly paranoid way in which this condition is treated-- on both the clinical and popular level-- no doubt must contribute to the difficulties that those who suffer from this illness encounter in wanting to get better. Fortunately, Linehan's development of DBT seems to be reversing some of these trends.




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