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Surviving a Borderline Parent : How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds and Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem - ROTH K

Surviving a Borderline Parent

How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds and Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem


Paperback Published: 1st January 2003
ISBN: 9781572243286
Number Of Pages: 200

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Surviving a Borderline Parent is the first step-by-step guide for adult children of parents with borderline personality disorder.

Between 6 and 10 million people in the US suffer from borderline personality disorder. This book teaches adult children how to overcome the devastating effects of growing up with a parent who suffers from BPD.

Although relatively common, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often overlooked or misdiagnosed by therapists and clinicians and denied by those who suffer from it.

Symptoms of this problem include unpredictability, violence and uncontrollable anger, deep depression and self-abuse. Parents with BPD are often unable to provide for the basic physical and emotional needs of their children. In an ironic and painful role reversal, BPD parents can actually raise children to be their caretakers. They may burden even very young children with adult responsibilities.

If you were raised by a BPD parent, your childhood was a volatile and painful time. This book, the first written specifically for children of borderline parents, offers step-by-step guidance to understanding and overcoming the lasting effects of being raised by a person suffering from this disorder. Discover specific coping strategies for dealing with issues common to children of borderline parents: low self-esteem, lack of trust, guilt, and hypersensitivity. Make the major decision whether to confront your parent about his or her condition.

Industry Reviews

If "Stop Walking on Eggshells" has become the bible for people with a borderline family member, I predict that "Surviving a Borderline Parent "will become the 'must have' book for people who have a parent with borderline traits. Authors Kimberlee Roth and Freda Friedman have done a stunning job of validating the isolating experience of these 'adult children, ' and more importantly, shown them how to overcome the constant feelings of guilt, abnormality, and self-doubt. This book belongs on the shelf of every clinician and adult child with a borderline parent." * Randi Kreger, author of "Stop Walking on Eggshells" *

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Past
I Never Knew It Had a Namep. 9
All Grown Upp. 27
Grieving a Lost Childhoodp. 45
The Present
Guilt, Responsibility, and Forgivenessp. 67
Overcoming Anger and Resentmentp. 83
Communicating and Setting Limitsp. 99
Reconstructing the Past, Assessing the Presentp. 119
The Future
Envisioning Change and Breaking Old Habitsp. 143
Trust Yourself, Set Boundaries, Build Self-Esteemp. 157
Putting It All Togetherp. 175
Referencesp. 183
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ISBN: 9781572243286
ISBN-10: 1572243287
Series: Unassigned Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st January 2003
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3