Borderline personality disorder or BPD is a treatable illness. It’s made up of five groups of symptoms around behaviours, emotions, relationships, sense of identity, and awareness. You can read our info sheet on borderline personality disorder. We also have an entire issue of Visions Journal on BPD, where you’ll find information on treatments and support and personal stories from people who are managing BPD and living well.
In Vancouver, the DBT Centre of Vancouver offer dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) ad specializes in helping people who experience BPD. The offer individual, group, and family counselling, and they have a useful blog on DBT skills.
There are several good, helpful books available now, including:
- The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living With BPD by Alexander L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz (New Harbinger Publications, 2007)
- Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder: A Family Guide for Healing and Change by Valerie Porr (Oxford University Press, 2010)
- Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD by Robert O. Friedel (Marlowe & Company, 2004)
- The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance by Jeffrey Brantley, Jeffrey Wood, and Matthew Mckay (New Harbinger Publications, 2007)
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