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Why I called the book “When Hope is Not Enough”

In 2007, I wrote the first edition of When Hope is Not Enough. When considering the title, I landed on this one because it rings true to a person who is a supporter and loved one of a person who meets the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Back when I wrote the book, there […]

Alan Fruzzetti speaks at McLean on Family Skills and Family Interactions with BPD

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Video: Understanding Validation in Families – Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD

DBT and validation in families. Want to learn validation and other skills? Read “When Hope is Not Enough”.

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Judgments – Mental Shortcuts, or Distortions in Reality?

Borderline personality disorder, a condition once considered “untreatable” by mental health professionals, can now effectively be managed with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Judgments – Mental Shortcuts, or Distortions in Reality? By Caroline Fleck

He’s so smart; I’m chubby; she’s ugly; he’s bad for you; they’re perfect together – what do all of these statements have […]

You can tolerate frustration (even though it hurts)

Pain hurts. Frustration is painful. It’s bothersome but it is bound to be a part of life.

Not getting what you want, or having what you like taken from you, not getting your way and the many other of life’s frustrations can make you suffer.

Pain avoidance or the immediate cessation of frustration is one […]

Family Dynamics Around the Holiday Table

The Holidays can be a time of stress

The holidays are often thought of as a time of warmth and happiness, family gathered around the table creating wonderful family memories. But for many of us, it can also be a time of angst and anxiety. (link to the article)

There are many reasons you […]