You are strong! No matter what anyone says, you can heal the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). In this unique guide, influential BPD advocate and blogger Debbie Corso offers an easy-to-use primer on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as powerful peer-to-peer support for managing your worst BPD symptoms.
If you have BPD, you may experience extreme emotional ups and downs. These intense feelings can make navigating everyday life that much more difficult, and as a result, you may have trouble maintaining relationships, seeing yourself clearly, or reaching career goals. You should know that you are not alone, and that BPD isn’t your fault. Most importantly, you need to know that you are strong. With the right tools, you can overcome the symptoms of your BPD—this book will show you how.
Written by a BPD survivor and advocate, Stronger Than BPD offers practical, evidence-based dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to help you manage the intense emotions and negative self-image that can occur with BPD. This easy-to-use guide helps you apply the fundamental components of DBT—such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness—to everyday situations that can trigger your symptoms. And through personal examples and real-life stories, you’ll see how others have put these skills to work in their own lives to get relief. You’ll even learn how social media can help you heal!
BPD is a part of your life, but it doesn’t have to define you. If you are ready to take control of your symptoms using powerful, evidence-based DBT skills, this friendly guide will light the way.
“Stronger than BPD feels like a best friend holding my hand while I learn practical tools that really work for managing my emotions.”
—Tamra Sattler, PhD, MFT, therapist, researcher, and entrepreneur
“Debbie has written a wise and wonderful book for those who struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Stronger than BPD provides an honest look at recovery while inspiring all of us to be our very best through more skillful living. I’m exceptionally proud to recommend this book to my clients and their family members.”
—Amanda L. Smith, LMSW, dialectical behavior therapist and treatment consultant, and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Wellness Planner
“This book offers you a set of skills from someone who has been there. These are not theoretical experiences but instead the help and reflections that come from someone who has been there to those going through real-time struggles. A great addition to the literature.”
—Blaise Aguirre, MD, medical director at McLean 3East Continuum of Care, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and coauthor of Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder
“Written with the wisdom of one who has both suffered and lived in the solution, Debbie Corso’s Stronger than BPD is a unique and highly accessible guide for those struggling with BPD traits, and the people who support them. Through powerful personal examples and with the clarity of a seasoned professional, Corso teaches the reader, step by step, to apply dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to the storms of emotional turmoil and turbulent relationships. The author’s hard-won success is an inspiration and testament to the power of DBT to heal and create lives truly worth living. Perfect as a stand-alone workbook as well as a complement to clinical support, Stronger than BPD is a remarkable guide that will change lives and bring new understanding to the practice of DBT.”
—Kiera Van Gelder, MFA, author of the highly acclaimed memoir, The Buddha and the Borderline
“DBT is touted by thousands of clinicians all over the globe. This book raises the bar because it describes survivors’ lived experience—the most important testimonial of all. Congratulations to Debbie!”
—Perry D. Hoffman, PhD, president and cofounder of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA.BPD)
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