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Outline of five books for relatives of persons suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) published by the German publisher Starks-Sture Verlag.
Borderline Personality Disorder causes patients to act in a very contradictory way that is often not comprehensible to those who are closest to them. The patient’s mood frequently changes from effusiveness to extreme devaluation of themselves and of the people close to them. Relatives of BPD patients are especially helpless against the disorder as they are dragged into it not knowing what to do. The close contact to people with Borderline Personality Disorder thus can have a destructive effect on the relatives who may develop disorders such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other serious psychosomatic illnesses.
It is astonishing that the difficulties that relatives of BPD patients suffer have been paid very little attention so far. In 2004 only one of the approximately 120 German language books on Borderline Personality Disorder provided relatives with help: the translation of “Stop walking on eggshells” (by P. Mason and R. Kreger).