In the past ten years, DBT has become more widely practiced and available. Research has expanded the scope of treatment possibilities and family stories have helped reduce the stigma. Only a few years ago, a Time Magazine cover proclaimed: Borderline Personality: the Disorder Doctors Fear the Most.

Now, thanks to widely available resources, conferences and the effectiveness of the treatment, stigma is reduced and family members are engaged in helping their relatives lead hopeful lives. This section contains some links to important resources. Take a look.


The Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder

By Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD

Finding Peace in Your Family Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder

By Blaise Aguirre, MD
& Gillian Galen, PsyD

Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

A BPD Brief

By John Gunderson

An Introduction to Borderline Personality Disorder – Diagnosis, Origins, Course and Treatment

Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

By John G. Gunderson, MD &
and Perry D Hoffman, PhD

A Guide For Professionals And Families

The High Conflict Couple

By Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD

A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide To Finding Peace, Intimacy and Validation.

Radical Acceptance

By Tara Brach

Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha

The Buddha & The Borderline

By Kiera Van Gelder

 My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy


How to Sit

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Author of Living Buddha, Living Christ

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

By Thich Nhat Hanh

Author of Living Buddha, Living Christ

Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Shari Y. Manning, PhD

How To Keep Out Of Control Emotions From Destroying Your Relationship

The Mindfulness Solutions For Intense Emotions:Take Control of Borderline Personality Disorder with DBT

by Cedar Koons

The Mindfulness Solution for Intense Emotions offers breakthrough, new mindfulness skills and exercises drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help you move past harmful emotions.


DBT Self Help

DBT Self help; written primarily by PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH DBT, this website is a service for people who are seeking information about DBT (Dialectal Behavior Therapy). A solid resource for many of the skills, lessons, mindfulness practice, etc. and more resources.

Emotions Matter

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National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder; NEA.BPD is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). NEA.BPD works with families and persons in recovery, raises public awareness, provides education to professionals, promotes research, and works with Congress to enhance the quality of life for those affected by this serious but treatable mental illness. This website has the largest collection of resources, recordings and videos about this illness.

May – BPD Awareness Video Series

A series of videos explaining Family skills: This video series, developed jointly by NEA.BPD (Dr. Alan Fruzzetti) and the National Office for Suicide Prevention in Ireland (HSE), demonstrate how Dialectical Behavioral Therapy helps patients and their families and support Family Connections participants in honing their skills.


How severe chronic emotional dysregulation affects families, and what family members can do about it.

This video clarifies the exhausting repetitive emotional upset that affects families of individuals affected by BPD traits. It explains the transactional model of BPD conceptualized by Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D as I teach it in Family Connections (TM) classes. The slide content was developed by Dr. Fruzzetti.

The Importance of DBT Skills for Families
8th Annual Yale NEA-BPD Conference – Impulsivity Aggression and Legal Involvement New Haven CT May 2012

Involving Families: A Key Ingredient of Treatment Effectiveness
North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD): Marie-Paule de Valdivia – LCSW. March 2015

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