100982: Sometimes I Act Crazy

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

About the Course:

Life with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a life out of control. Pulled apart by warring emotions and self-destructive impulses, tormented by fears of abandonment, those with BPD rarely know real satisfaction or inner peace. BPD sufferers’ emotions can drive them to acts of antisocial violence and destruction or to self-mutilation, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, or sexual compulsions.

Living with someone with BPD is not easy either. Those with BPD can be charming and sympathetic, yet their violent mood swings, propensity for veering suddenly and inexplicably from adoration to hatred, and destructive impulsivity can make life with them like running an endless emotional gauntlet.

If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, this book will be a source of healing. If you suspect that your child, mate, or other loved one has BPD, it can help you to understand why that person acts the way he or she does and will show you what you can do to help make his or her life—and your life—happier and more rewarding.

Written by one of the most respected authorities on borderline personality disorder, Sometimes I Act Crazy is a source of wisdom and practical advice on living with the most common personality disorder. Dr. Jerold Kreisman refutes the misperception that BPD is untreatable, and he charts the enormous progress that has been made over the past decade by researchers in a variety of fields in understanding its causes and therapies. He also offers expert guidance on getting a proper diagnosis and understanding all the best treatment options currently available.

Each chapter of Sometimes I Act Crazy centers on a riveting case study that takes you inside the life of a BPD sufferer at a crucial life moment. Dr. Kreisman explores the complex play of forces at work behind the symptom or behavior under discussion. And he provides simple action steps BPD sufferers or their loved ones can take to help keep things from boiling over into a full-fledged crisis.

Wise, compassionate, and practical, Sometimes I Act Crazy offers new hope to people with borderline personality disorder and those closest to them.

Journal/Publisher:

John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Publication Date:

© 2004, Hardcover edition

Authors

Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D.; Hal Straus

About the Authors:

Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D., is a psychiatrist and leading world expert on Borderline Personality Disorder. His 1989 bestseller, I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me, is considered a classic of both the popular and academic literature on Borderline Personality Disorder.

Hal Straus has written five books and numerous articles for such magazines as Ladies’ Home Journal, Men’s Health, and Redbook.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about borderline personality disorder, or for family members of patients who have been diagnosed with this disorder. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define borderline personality disorder.

  2. Explain the differences between categorical and dimensional conceptualizations of personality disorders.

  3. Discuss and explain the significance of each of the nine criteria defining borderline personality disorder.

  4. Compare and contrast the major treatment approaches and communication techniques for borderline personality disorder.

  5. Discuss the prognosis for individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

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