April 30, 2016

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A BPD Brief

An Introduction to Borderline Personality Disorder

Click Here for a PDF download of ‘A BPD Brief’,  Diagnosis, Origins, Course, And Treatment

by John G. Gunderson, MD

This 13 page booklet was written by John G. Gunderson, MD and colleagues primarily for clinicians.  It presents the diagnosis, origins, course and treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder and was most recently revised in 2006.

This revision of earlier editions of A BPD Brief, which was co-authored with Cynthia Berkowitz, MD, uses invaluable input from Maureen Smith, LICSW and Brian Palmer, MD of McLean’s Borderline Center.

RESOURCES Behavioral Technology LLC

DBT referral, training and resources
4556 University Way NE, Suite 200
Seattle, Washington, 98105
(206) 675-8588

Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center

BPD referral to resources and treatment
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, New York, 10605
(888) 694-2273

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD conferences, publications, videos and education
Rye, New York, 10580
(914) 835-9011

NEABPD ©Family Connections

12-week course for relatives that provide education, coping skill strategies, and support
(914) 835-9011


Publication and distribution of A BPD Brief is made possible by the support of the following  organizations: The New England Personality Disorder Association (NEPDA)
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 855-2680

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
Rye, NY  10580
(914) 835-9011

Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center
New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY, 10605.
(888) 694-2273

For copies of A BPD Brief contact:
The Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center
(888) 694-2273
E-mail: info@bpdresourcecenter.org


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