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Mental illness spares no one: children, adolescents, adults, and even the elderly. Chances are you may have a friend, parent, sibling, relative, coworker, or spouse who has it. When a loved one is affected, it changes the dynamic of the relationships we have.

Oftentimes psychiatric disorders are powerful enough to wreak havoc on the entire household simply because people don't know enough about them and how to deal with them. When these issues aren't addressed properly, it can lead to a painful cycle of blame and hurt.

The most common mental illness is borderline personality disorder (BPD), which affects 2 percent of the American population each year. It is characterized by the inability to maintain stable personal relationships and extremely impulsive behavior, which is why it is commonly referred to as emotionally unstable personality disorder or emotional intensity disorder, among others. Symptoms of borderline personality disorder usually manifest themselves during adolescence or early childhood, but they can also occur later in life for others. BPD is associated with self-harm and suicide but when diagnosed and treated early on the prognosis is quite good.

In his book, entitled Borderline Personality Disorder: Everything You Need To Know About Borderline Personality Disorder, author Richard Smith details all the aspects surrounding this mysterious yet common illness. Here are some of things you will learn about:

  • Symptoms of borderline personality disorder
  • Conventional and alternative treatment options
  • Living with someone who has BPD
  • How to communicate with someone who has BPD
  • The impact of BPD in families
  • How to convince your child to get treatment
  • Choosing the right therapist
  • How family and friends can help loved ones with BPD

If you or someone you love has BPD, you will find all the information needed to cope with this illness. It is not impossible to overcome, but it is most important to arm yourself with information.

©2015 Richard Smith (P)2015 Richard Smith

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  • Sue
  • 29-07-2016

I was looking forward to this but...........

What could Richard Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have a really low tolerance for high pitched sounds due to my work over the years and unfortunately the narrator has one of those whistely voices and I simply couldn't listen to the book

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This author provides generalised information about BPD. His advice to sufferers is sound when talking about treatments and therapies but unrealistic when dealing with possible recovery. His suggestions for care show little empathy for those in that role or understanding of their circumstances particularly in a family situation.
I would suggest that his writing may even exacerbate a deteriorating family situation if read by a person suffering BPD

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tanya

It was ok but I found it very repetitive personally suffered bpd for 14 yrs I agree on some points but not all worth listening too

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  • Kathy Gillman
  • 25-04-2015

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Great information on borderline personality disorder. It actually gives hope of coping with BPD. Definitely want to keep in my library.

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  • shayne
  • 19-06-2016

good book, not so good narrator

Good book, very insightful. However, the narrator has a really loud whistle in his voice that makes it hard on the ears to listen to. He also speaks fast and his breaks between subject changes are very fast, which makes it hard to book mark. I had lower the playback rate to 0.85 times speed. This is a good book that should be re-recorded.

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  • Christine M. Bell
  • 06-07-2018

Basic

This was a very basic almost bulletpoint explanation of BPD. Too basic if you are really looking to understand what the BPD person is going through and/or how you might better your relationship with that person. Also, it constantly refers to the BPD person as a female to the point that the celebrities with BPD that are listed in the last chapter are all female. My daughter is BPD but so is her father and grandfather. So a more equal distribution and liberal use of male and female pronouns would have been nice.

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  • Kyle
  • 09-08-2017

It Feels Like I'm Much Better Equipped

I really liked it. The narrator's whistle wasn't noticeable after about 10 minutes. Lots of interesting and helpful information here. I'll read more to learn more; I appreciate this author for this book. Thank you

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  • Notimportant
  • 16-06-2016

One correction

Courtney Love is not dead as far as I know. This book referred to her as "the late Courtney Love".

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