Recovery Resources for BPD
Welcome to RECOVERY RESOURCES, a collection of information about recovering from borderline personality disorder, reviewed by a committee of people who have had the diagnosis, are family members of a loved one with the diagnosis, and two dedicated professionals who work with individuals diagnosed with BPD. The goal is to complement our website with reliable information to help facilitate growth and resilience.
This excellent site thoroughly covers the subjects of What Is Borderline Personality Disorder, Signs and Symptoms of BPD, Treatment, Clinical Trials, Statistics, Finding Help, Suicide Prevention, and Publications. A link to Medline Plus gives a brief discussion in Spanish.
The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Medications, Assistance Programs, Discount Programs
is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit information resource dedicated to helping people locate assistance programs to help them afford their medications and other healthcare costs. Great website for help finding low or no cost community programs and service (if available) within 20 miles of your zip code.
GUIDELINE WATCH – Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder
This document by John M. Oldham, M.D., M.A., American Psychiatric Association 2005, is the recommended outline for treatment options – good for insurance inquiries and guidance for those in recovery as well as clinicians. Non-members are required to pay $35 to access the document.
This site, developed by Dr. Robert O. Friedel, has a companion book “Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified”, 2004. The website is a compilation of all the essentials necessary for learning, understanding, and getting to the ‘nitty gritty’ of borderline personality disorder. Clinicians, family members, and those with BPD can easily obtain all the important information necessary for gaining an understanding of this serious illness – written with a healthy dose of hope.
Behavioral Tech was founded by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD (the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy). The organization trains mental health professionals in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and associated evidence-based treatments. Though its primary focus is for professionals, Behavioral Tech’s website includes resources useful for consumers and families. Specifically:
– database of intensively trained DBT clinicians
– Dialectical Behavior resources including Mindfulness
– tools for those in recovery
– the University of Washington site features Marsha Linehan and links to her biography as well as to her resources for those with BPD
Behavioral Tech sells several videos that are useful to those in recovery:
– The “House of DBT” video explains the 4 stages of DBT
– Five videos of Marsha Linehan explaining various DBT skills (“Opposite Action and “Chaos to Freedom”)
SAMHSA’s website contains much information useful to those in recovery including information on suicide prevention, treatment locator services, homeless resources, and disability benefits (all of which are linked from their home page.
Specific information on BPD:
The SAMHSA report to Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder is an excellent document for advocacy and reliable information. It outlines the debilitating symptoms, prevalence in the population, discrimination against those with BPD and its recommendations for expanding early detection, evidence-based treatment, and family education to promote recovery.
The SAMHSA site has a national registry of evidence-based treatments including DBT for BPD.
The Home page contains a link to useful information about BPD that describes symptoms, commonly asked questions, origins, treatment, suicide and self-harm, treatments, medications, plus additional resources and links. Individuals seeking recovery information will find this website quite useful and readable.
This site provides a wealth of information on all mental illnesses and specifically on borderline personality disorder.
This site offers helpful educational information about depression and suicide.
Search for ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ for information about workplace accommodations for psychiatric disorders, a self-directed course on psychiatric rehabilitation, and resources on psychiatric rehabilitation at work and school.
This is the Dual Recovery Anonymous Resource Center for those looking for a 12-step or self-help group when one has a substance addiction issue as well as a mental health diagnosis.
This organization is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.