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Book Review: Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder by Valerie Porr is perhaps the most up-to-date and complete book for family members of people with BPD published to date. When I read the book, I couldn’t help but think that Ms. Porr had the therapists and mental health professional more in mind than the family members. It appears as though she is trying to dispel many myths about BPD that exist not only in the family environment but also in the mental health community. This book is steeped in scientific research, including research involving the biological under-pinnings of BPD. It includes many skills for family members from both DBT and mentalization based therapy (MBT). Clearly Ms. Porr is highly respected by the clinical community since many of the leading experts in research and practice in BPD treatment have written blurbs for this book. The book is quite dense and a must read for family members of those with BPD. Yet it might not be the best book to start with because of the complexity of the scientific research, the psychoeducational aspects and the technical details about the various therapies for those with BPD. Still, I highly recommend Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder.


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