Borderline Personality Disorder Primer

ISBN : 9780199997510

Barbara Stanley; Antonia New
464 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Sep 2017
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Over the past decade, there has been a burgeoning of interest in understanding and treating borderline personality disorder, a disorder characterized by extreme emotional reactivity, impulsivity and serious interpersonal difficulties resulting in frequent loss of relationships. Individuals with borderline personality disorder comprise a substantial proportion of the psychiatric outpatient population, are often seen in emergency rooms and have major functional impairment (e.g. unemployment). Suicide occurs in 3-9% of the population. Furthermore, non-suicidal self injury (e.g. cutting without the intent to die), eating disorders and substance abuse are frequently seen in the context of borderline personality disorder. Not only do the individuals with the disorder suffer , their family members also experience distress and can feel burdened and overwhelmed.

Once thought to be nonexistent or a 'grab bag' diagnosis, borderline personality disorder is now understood as a significant emotional disorder with its own neurobiological and psychosocial correlates. At the same time, the disorder is still poorly understood and stigmatized with limited resources available to the novice clinician and mental health professional trainees (e.g. psychiatry residents, psychology doctoral students, social work students).

The aim of this primer on borderline personality disorder is to fill this void and provide an accessible, easy-to-use , clinically-oriented, evidenced-based guide for early stage clinicians. We present the most up to data about borderline personality disorder by leading experts in the field in a format accessible to trainees and professionals working with individuals with borderline personality disorder and their family members. The volume is comprehensive and covers the etiology of BPD, its clinical presentation and co-morbid disorders, genetics and neurobiology of BPD, effective treatment of BPD, the role of advocacy and special subpopulations (e.g.forensic)in the clinical management of BPD.


1. A History of Borderline Personality Disorder
Antonia S. New and Joseph Triebwasser
2. Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder
Barbara Stanley and Tanya Singh
3. Onset, Course, and Prognosis for Borderline Personality Disorder
Mary C. Zanarini and Lindsey C. Conkey
4. Clinical Phenomenology of Borderline Personality Disorder
Larry Siever
5. The Relationship Between Childhood Adversity and Borderline Personality Disorder
Joel Paris
6. Neurobiology of Borderline Personality Disorder
Annegret Krause-Utz, Inga Niedtfeld, Julia Knauber, and Christian Schmal
7. Genetic Influences on Borderline Personality Disorder
Marijn A. Distel, Marleen H. M. de Moor
8. Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Borderline Personality Disorder
Margaret S. Andover, Heather T. Schatten, and Blair W. Morris
9. Substance Use Disorder in Borderline Personality Disorder
Beth S. Brodsky and Linda Dimeff
10. Eating Disorders in Borderline Personality Disorder
Eugene Chen
11. Borderline Personality Disorder and Mood Disorders
Eric A. Fertuck, Megan S. Chesin, and Brian Johnston
12. Aggressive Behavior and Interpersonal Difficulties in Borderline Personality Disorder
Lori N. Scott and Paul A. Pilkonis
13. Pharmacological Interventions for Borderline Personality Disorder
Kenneth R. Silk
14. Mentalization Based Treatment
Lois W. Choi-Kain
15. Transference Focused Psychotherapy: A Psychodynamic Treatment of Personality Disorders
Frank E. Yeomans and Jill C. Delaney
16. Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Shireen L. Rizvi and Kristen M. Roman
17. Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders
Kate M. Davidson
18. Supportive Psychotherapy Case Management
David J. Hellerstein and Ron B. Aviram
19. Family Psychoeducation Approaches for Borderline Personality Disorder
Valerie Porr
20. Meeting the Clinical Challenges of Managing Borderline Personality Disorder
Beth S. Brodsky
21. Assessing, Managing, and Resolving Suicide Risk in Borderline Personality Disorder
Adam Carmel, Jeffrey Sung, and Katherine Anne Comtois
22. Forensic Issues in Borderline Personality Disorder
Alexander L. Chapman and Andre Ivanoff
23. Borderline Personality Disorder and Advocacy: Individuals and Family Members Speaking Out for Change
Paula Tusiani-Eng and Bea Tusiani

About the author: 

Dr. Barbara Stanley is a clinical psychologist and professor in the department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. She has over 25 years of federal and foundation funding and published extensively on borderline personality disorder, suicide and nonsuicidal self injury. She directs a program in Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation and Evaluation at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Antonia S. New, MD is a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a leader in the field of the neurobiology of personality disorders, with particular expertise in borderline personality disorder. She has been funded continuously for this work for more than 20 year from sources including the NIH, Veterans Administration and DOD.

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