Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder

Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder

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The diagnosis and treatment of patients with BPD can be fraught with anxiety, uncertainty, and complexity. How welcome, then, is the Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder, which teaches clinicians what to do and how to do it, as well as what not to do and how to avoid it. The author, a renowned researcher and clinician, has developed a new evidence-based treatment, Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) that comfortably utilizes cognitive, behavioral, and psychodynamic interventions that are practical and simple to implement. Because psychoeducation is an important component of GPM, the book teaches clinicians how to educate their patients about BPD, including the role of genetics and the expected course of the disease. This approach offers advantages both to practitioners, who become more adept at honest communication, and to patients, who are encouraged to have realistic hopes and to focus on strategies for coping with BPD in daily life. The book is structured for maximum learning, convenience, and utility, with an impressive array of features.  Section I provides background on BPD, including the myths that sometimes discourage clinicians from treating these patients and that hamper the effective treatment of the disorder. Section II, the GPM Manual, provides a condensed and clear description of the most essential and specific GPM interventions that clinicians can learn from and use in everyday practice. Section III, the GPM Workbook, offers case vignettes which reference chapters from the manual. Each vignette has a number of "decision points" where alternative interventions are proposed and discussed.  To further facilitate learning, a set of nine interactions is found in a series of online video demonstrations. Here, readers can see in vivo illustrations of the GPM model in practice. Finally, a set of appendices provides critical information, such as a comparison of GPM with other evidence-based treatments of BPD, scaling risk and response strategies, and family guidelines. Designed to be a basic case management text for all hospital, outpatient clinic, or office-based psychiatrists or mental health professionals who assume primary responsibility for the treatment of those with BPD, the Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder constitutes a breakthrough in the treatment of these often misunderstood patients.show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 5 Line drawings, unspecified; 21 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624608
  • 9781585624607
  • 52,639

About John G. Gunderson

John G. Gunderson, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Director, BPD Center for Treatment, Research and Training, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts.Paul Links, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C., is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, and Chief of Psychiatry, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care, London, Ontario.show more

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The Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder is based on the author's conviction that with adequate training most psychiatrists and other mental health professionals can become "good enough" to treat most borderline patients competently without having to refer them to more specialized care. Gunderson, considered the premier authority on the treatment of borderline personality disorder, recognizes that many clinicians remain hesitant to engage patients with BPD. However, because those with the disorder represent about 20% of inpatient and outpatient clinic patients, they require and deserve quality care. This book is a complete guide to using the evidence-based Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) approach for the treatment of BPD. The book demystifies the disorder, supplying the background, treatment guidelines, illustrative case studies, and online video demonstrations of core techniques needed by clinical psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, psychiatric nurses, and others who encounter borderline patients in clinical settings to deliver effective, pragmatic and non-intensive therapeutic care. Common-sensical and evidence-based, the Handbook of Good Psychiatric Management for Borderline Personality Disorder prepares clinicians to help these patients understand their inner experience, reshape their behavior, and establish constructive lives. This success in turn instills confidence in treatment providers and eliminates the barriers that have heretofore hampered effective treatment.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsSection I: BackgroundChapter 1. Introduction to good psychiatric management (GPM)Section II: GPM manual: Treatment GuidelinesChapter 2. Overall principlesChapter 3. Making the diagnosisChapter 4. Getting startedChapter 5. Managing suicidality and nonsuicidal self-harmChapter 6. Pharmacotherapy and comorbidityChapter 7. Split treatmentsSection III: GPM Workbook: Case IllustrationsChapter 8. Case illustrationsSection IV: GPM Video Guide: Demonstrations of the ApproachChapter 9. Video demonstrationsAppendix A: Relation of GPM to other evidence-based treatments for BPDAppendix B: Common features of evidence-based treatments for BPDAppendix C: Safety Planning: An ExampleAppendix D: Guidelines for FamiliesReferencesIndexshow more

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