3 ARTICLES RELATED TO BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND TREATMENT: These three definitive articles will be excellent resources for use with the chapters covering personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.
ALSO SEE THE WEBSITE OF THE WEEK REGARDING DBT RESOURCES AND THERAPY AND A YouTube INTERVIEW WITH MARSHA LINEHAN.
The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder in Relationships
This is a very humanely compassionate article detailing the pain and suffering that those diagnosed with BPD go through. It takes the approach of providing case study material and focuses on the disorder from a relationship perspective. The article states:
“what people with BPD go through: intense, difficult-to-control feelings of anger, insecurity, and self-hatred; frantic efforts to avoid abandonment; self-harming behavior such as cutting; extreme mood swings; feelings of emptiness; and bouts of paranoia.” The end of the article discusses possible courses of action and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. The DBT website is provided as the “Psychology Website of the Week” for April 22, 2019. This article can be used with the text in discussion of personality disorders and different types of therapies.
Psychology Today, November 6, 2018. by Lisa A. Phillips
LINK TO RESOURCE
(Tiny URL) http://tinyurl.com/y28makf4
What Is DBT?
(Transforming destructive behaviors into positive outcomes)
This is a very detailed article about DBT and the work of Marsha Linehan in pioneering one of the few therapies that actually helps those suffering Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an effective combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. The goal of DBT is to transform negative thinking patterns and destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.” This article can be used with the text in discussion of personality disorders and different types of therapies. The DBT website is provided as the “Psychology Website of the Week” for April 22, 2019.
Psychology Today, September 28, 2016
LINK TO RESOURCE
(Tiny URL) http://tinyurl.com/y26hdegd
Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Struggle
This is a poignant tale of the evolution of Marsha Linehan who herself struggled since adolescence with the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is like a confessional of the pain, suffering, and suicidal experiences over her lifetime. In her evolution she discovered the means through self-acceptance of the emotional rollercoaster (dysregulation) to cope effectively with her problems. She gradually developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which uses many different techniques along with a dash of hope to those who suffer BPD. It can be an emotionally difficult article to read but hopeful for a positive prognosis for those who seek treatment using DBT. The article includes a 3-minute video segment with Marsha Linehan. The DBT website is provided as the “Psychology Website of the Week” for April 22, 2019. This article can be used with the text in discussion of personality disorders and different types of therapies.
New York Times, June 23, 2011 , by Benedict Carey
LINK TO RESOURCE
(Tiny URL) http://tinyurl.com/y2bocjjq
CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
•What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?
•What are the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?
•How does Borderline Personality Disorder differ from other personalty disorders?
•What are the problems doing psychotherapy with someone suffering from BPD?
•What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? What are the underlying principles? Why has this type of therapy been more effective with BPD than other therapies?
•Who is Marsha Linehan? What is the story of her struggle with BPD? How did she develop Dialectical Behavior Therapy?