Book Review: BPD Survival Guide

A therapist reviews The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide by Alexander L Chapman and Kim L Gratz. This book states that it’s “a comprehensive and accessible guide to the causes and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, co-occurring problems, psychological treatment options, medication options, and effective coping skills.

Cover image of the book The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide. Subtitle states Everything You Need To Know About Living With BPD. Top quote and authors listed in paragraph preceding the image. Additional notation of a foreword written by Perry D Hoffman, PhD, President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder.
Cover image for The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide.

A Comprehensive Summary

This book is an excellent overview of Borderline Personality Disorder and is written for people who have BPD and those who love someone with BPD. The book starts by addressing the signs and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. It then addresses the stigma around BPD as a diagnosis. There are many myths about people with Borderline Personality Disorder being dangerous or manipulative. The authors also address some of the myths about where Borderline Personality Disorder comes from.

The most important myth that the authors address is the idea that Borderline Personality Disorder is a life sentence. While it does feel overwhelming, BPD is manageable and treatable. In the second part of the book, the authors address current treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT).

You’ll Get Resources

While this book is meant to be an overview of what it means to have BPD, it’s not meant to replace treatment. The authors do a good job of pointing you to places where you can learn more. They also provide resources for you to find a therapist who treats Borderline Personality Disorder.

In summary, this book is a great resource for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s also helpful for people who want to learn more about BPD to support a loved one. It ends with some tips to help get you some relief while you’re waiting to see a therapist or join an inpatient program.

BPD Help Online

If you’re in California, learn more about how I help people with Borderline Personality Disorder here. In another state? Find online resources through TARA NAPD and NEA-BPD. People supporting someone with Borderline Personality Disorder can find resources at Borderline Sanctuary and BPD Central.

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