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Helping People with Borderline Personality Disorder

help for borderline personality disorderA few years ago when Chuck and I were asked to write Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies, we knew we would be looking closely at the work of Marsha Linehan, the creator of a program called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

We had both been to a number of workshops offered by Dr. Linehan. Once, we spent a lovely week at Cape Cod taking morning classes and having the rest of the day to explore.

Research has supported the value of DBT across many settings. This research has shown that it helped those with Borderline Personality Disorder be less likely to attempt suicide, have fewer hospitalizations, and stay in treatment. Although other approaches have been shown to also be helpful, DBT is probably the most widely known. This blog is not intended to be a discussion about DBT or specific alternatives.

We’d just like to add our congratulations to Dr. Linehan for announcing that she too suffered the challenges of having a severe mental illness. Her courage and faith in the power of acceptance and change, in treatment, are an inspiration to all of those affected by mental health issues. Thanks, Marsh Linehan.

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Helping People with Borderline Personality Disorder

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D.

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. Dr. Smith is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including: Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (2E), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies, Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies, Depression For Dummies, Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth, and Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be? Her website is:

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APA Reference
Smith, L. (2011). Helping People with Borderline Personality Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2018, from


Last updated: 27 Jun 2011
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