I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding The Borderline Personality
  • I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding The Borderline Personality
  • I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding The Borderline Personality
ISBN: 0380713055
EAN13: 9780380713059
Language: English
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 6.7" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
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People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. There are an estimated 18 million sufferers of BPD living in America today--each displaying remarkably similar symptoms:

- A shaky sense of identity
- Sudden outbursts of anger
- Oversensitivity to real or imagined rejection
- Brief, turbulent love affairs
- Intense feelings of emptiness
- Eating disorders, drug abuse, and other self-destructive tendencies
- An irrational fear of abandonment and an inability to be alone

For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much-needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction. This completely revised and updated edition includes information on the most up-to-date research that has opened doors to the neurobiological, genetic, and developmental roots of the disorder, as well as the connections between BPD and substance abuse, sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and eating disorders, making it a vital reference for Read More chevron_right

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   Finally a book that explains BPD in simple words
Reflecting on the past few years, I had known that something was wrong but couldn't pinpoint it. Many times I thought I was the insane one in the relationship. For many years, I was told that Blair had suffered from BPD, but I was not recommended this book. The book is a simple read, yet it addresses the condition and its symptoms. It also talks about how to seek help and communicate with someone affected by BPD. The book helped me get over my doubts and insecurities about myself and realize that the problem, which was a textbook condition, lied with my partner. Many more people are suffering in those relationships, too!
   Great Insights, Slightly Dated
I almost fell over when I read the first chapter, "Jennifer's Ex Leaps at Me." It was as if Kreisman and Straus had met and captured her personality. The insights into those with a trapped child psyche made sense of the nearly incomprehensible behavior patterns of those we love and have failed to reach, he said. The authors of this book provide guidelines on how to respond to these suffering human beings. In her book, "The Fall," Taylor laments, "I wish I had read this book before the relationship hit the rocks." It would have helped me understand what was happening with her and how to respond to her crisis, Mr Hughes said. Second, I disagree with the authors on one point. They feel so happy making jokes about BPD, Sosa said. From what I've seen, BPDs are so focused on maintaining their adult facades that they have little ability to manipulate those that love them, Levine said. It is nearly always defensive and self-preserving, a product of fear and anger.
   Book helps those with Borderline Personality to Understand themselves
I use it with some of my patients. Many people with borderline features don't understand why they act the way they do. It often provides a basis for conversation about behavior change. It's just that it's not too technical or engaging for the reader.
   A good book for families who live with a person with ...
This book was recommended to families of people with borderline personality disorder. He added that understanding the disorder requires deeper research into why borderlines behave as they do.
   Best laymen's explanation of Borderline Personality Disorder
I am a psychologist and use this as a form of bibliotherapy-it is clear, non-clinical and a pleasure to read- I kepp a collection of these just to share with family members and clients when they are ready to look at themselves!
   The clearest book ever written on BPD
Jake Wilson, of The Atlantic, gave Williams a five-star review. The authors take on very complex clinical phenomena and translate them into language that is clear and understandable for the average reader. It also provides hope for sufferers by outlining the road to recovery that they themselves acknowledge isn't easy.
   Saved my children and me
Every time I look back, I realize how much better my children's lives have become because I removed them from their demanding, abusive parent. It's just that life didn't continue to center on him but on their needs and concerns, Crosby said. It was the book that helped me make the decision to act, Mr. Rule told the judge.
The customer service was excellent, and I was very satisfied with the product. Service was prompt and delivery was efficient, Hurley said. Easy to read, Mr. Rule told the judge. Brand new condition, in perfect condition.
Overall, I found the book to be useful, although I still have some symptoms. I did not really think that it was as good as people built it up to be. It's just that I think it's outdated.
Good overview of BPD, but nothing much can be found on the internet. Geared more toward the extreme cases, he said.