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Re: GOOD reading for borderline type disorder

Posted by pegasus on January 21, 2011, at 11:19:29

In reply to GOOD reading for borderline type disorder, posted by floatingbridge on January 20, 2011, at 16:48:09

There is a school of thought that is emerging, suggesting that often what gets diagnosed as Borderline Personality Disorder, is a response to repeated trauma, especially during early development. The idea is that many people who are diagnosed with BPD have a history of childhood abuse or neglect of one sort or another. And the symptoms that get them diagnosed with BPD may perhaps be more helpfully understood as a complex reponse to those traumas. So, there is a new diagnosis that is being discussed for inclusion in the upcoming revision of the DSM (the big book of diagnoses for mental disorders) that is called "Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder". I'm thinking that it looks like it won't be included in this round, but it makes a heck of a lot of sense to me.

So, if that seems to be a helpful way to look at your BPD diagnosis, then some trauma books, like "Waking the Tiger" by Peter Levine, or "I Can't Get Over It" by Aphrodite Matsakis might be helpful. If you're into a pretty thick and clinical but wonderfully informative book, you might try "Trauma and Recovery" by Judith Herman.

- P




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