New Harbinger Publications, 2003
About the Book:
Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, is relatively common. With at least two to three percent of the population suffering from BPD (by conservative estimates), there are many millions of kids–now adults–who were likely raised by someone with its symptoms. The effects on these adult children can be profound and long-lasting.
Growing up, did your parent:
- Tease you, often cruelly, about physical attributes, mental abilities, intelligence or habits?
- Say one thing one day and the opposite the next?
- Share inappropriate information or secrets with you?
- Expect you to take his side or share her opinion?
- Treat you like an adult instead of a child?
- Discount, deny or ignore your feelings, especially anger?
- Did you often feel: scared; confused; angry; guilty; responsible; old; listless; invisible; unlovable?
As an adult, do you
- find yourself in abusive, unfulfilling or unhealthy relationships
- have difficulty trusting
- usually expect the worst
- feel responsible for others
- have a hard time knowing what you want
- feel uneasy with success or enjoying life
- get highly anxious in social or new situations
- hold yourself to standards nearing perfection
- feel worthless, hopeless or depressed?
If any of this sounds familiar, this book is for you. With sections entitled “The Past,” “The Present” and “The Future,” Surviving A Borderline Parent offer readers not only validation of childhood experiences but practical, realistic suggestions for moving on and creating change.
For additional articles, blogs and websites about BPD and other personality disorders, emotional abuse and dysfunctional parenting/families, visit the Resources section of www.SurvivingABorderlineParent.com.