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by Alexander L. Chapman and Kim L. Gratz
New Harbinger, 2007
Review by Ryan R. Lindsay, LCSW on May 19th 2009

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide

Alexander Chapman and Kim Gratz  have provided a comprehensive book on surviving Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  BPD has long been a diagnosis that many practitioners either run from treating or fear diagnosing due to many long standing myths about this disorder.  Chapman and Gratz have provided a book about surviving and overcoming this illness and resolving the myth that BPD is a life sentence with no hope for the future.  This book is aimed at providing a comprehensive overview of BPD, the epidemiology and course of the illness, evidenced-based treatments that show success, and how to find help if you or someone you know is suffering from BPD.  The most important chapter of the book involves dispelling the well established beliefs and myths about this disorder that has plagued the professional literature and assumptions of professionals treating individuals with BPD that have led to less than hopeful treatments.   Whether you are currently suffering from BPD or someone you know is struggling with the symptoms of BPD, this book provides the most up-to-date, concise, and easy to read information about BPD compared to other books on the same subject.  I give this book high praise for providing the facts and academic research findings that allows individuals to develop hope that a "life worth living" is in their future. 

© 2009 Ryan Lindsay

Ryan Lindsay is the Clinical Director and co-founder of the St. Louis Center for Family Development, LLC, a mental health and social service agency that provides in-home, trauma-informed, evidenced-based interventions to individuals in the St. Louis, MO community.  Prior to his current position, he was the co-founder of the Ann Arbor DBT Center and worked to develop and help lead an Adolescent DBT Program for Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services in Ann Arbor, MI.  Ryan works daily to improve the lives of those individuals who suffer from emotional pain as a result of trauma.