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eVisions: Borderline Personality Disorder

eVisions: Borderline Personality Disorder

Vol. 7 | No. 1 | 2011

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Editor's Message

--Sarah Hamid-Balma

Ten years ago, there seemed to be little hope for people living with borderline personality disorder. But things are improving: there are effective treatments, increases in research, and stories of resilience. While the name is still controversial, we’ve come a long way.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Fact and Fiction

--Alexander Chapman

There are misconceptions around diagnosing, treating and living with borderline personality disorder. For example, a common misconception is that BPD will last for the rest of your life. We know this isn’t true: a large study found that 50% of people completely recovered 10 years after hospitalization. Learn more about the facts and find out how we can overcome the challenges.

Learn About Borderline Personality Disorder

--BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information

Hippocrates wrote about the symptoms of what we now call borderline personality disorder over 2000 years ago. Now we can talk about BPD for what it really is: a treatable mental disorder. Learn more about signs and symptoms and BPD, and learn what you can do to help.

Experiences and Perspectives

Recurring Themes in BPD Recovery

--Lisa Marie Sterr

In 1998, a nurse clinician at a hospital emergency room told Lisa Marie that she had some symptoms of borderline personality disorder. A formal diagnosis came several years later. Dialectical behaviour therapy skills help, though Lisa Marie still copes with some aspects of the disorder. This open and candid discussion of BPD describes the struggles—and benefits—of living with the disorder.

Don’t Call Me ‘Borderline!’

--Elizabeth Bogod

The term “personality disorder” causes pain when people are the most vulnerable, says Elizabeth. After struggling with BPD for over 10 years, Elizabeth now facilitates a support group and a workshop based in dialectical behaviour therapy. And she is a passionate advocate for changing the label in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Joyous Living

--Catherine St. Denis

Catherine has learned to laugh at herself when she does ‘crazy’ things. Through hard work and persistence, she embraces acceptance, flexibility, gratitude and joy. She reminds us that even when we struggle or hurt, it all adds up—it helps us understand.

Alternatives and Approaches

From Anger to Compassion: Resources at US-based TARA National Association for Personality Disorder

--Lindsay Nielsen

When a family member was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Valerie Porr couldn’t find the information she needed. Four years later, she found TARA APD (Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder), a not-for-profit organization based in New York City. Today, TARA is a leader in awareness, advocacy and education, with communities of support that span that globe.

Psychotherapies for Borderline Personality Disorder

--John Ogrodniczuk

Psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder.  John discusses the four established psychotherapies for BPD: mentalization-based therapy, transference-focused therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and schema-focused therapy. He also introduced two emerging approaches, STEPPS and nidotherapy. Learn how these treatments work and how you can find a practitioner in BC.

Regional Programs

DBT Centre of Vancouver

--Saman Khan

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver was one of the first organizations to bring dialectical behaviour therapy to BC. DBT is the leading psychological treatment for borderline personality disorder. It is also effective for mental health problems like self-injury, suicidality, problem substance use and eating disorders. People from across BC can learn more about DBT and what the DBT Centre has to offer.

Book Reviews

--Stephanie Wilson

We review The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living With BPD by Alexander Chapman and Kim Gratz and Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change by Valerie Porr. Both empower readers to take control and explore evidence-based strategies and treatments. They reflect the authors’ compassion and understanding, and highlight healing and recovery.


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