The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder

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The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder

Take a look at the following questions. If you answer “yes” to most of them, your loved one might have BPD:

  • Does she see you in one of two modes: either a hateful person who never loved her or a source of blessed, unconditional love?
  • Does he continually put you in no-win situations? When you try to explain that his position is the opposite of what he said earlier, does it bring on more criticism?
  • Is everything always your fault? Are you the target of constant criticism?
  • Are there times when everything seems normal and you’re on her good side—even idealized—but then for no obvious reason everything falls apart?
  • When he’s angry, does it degrade into a take-no-prisoners, vicious attack that leaves you reeling?
  • Does she use fear, obligation, and guilt to get her way? Do you feel so manipulated that you don’t trust her anymore
  • Are you starting to doubt your own sense of reality?
  • Has constant exposure to his skewed sensibility, combined with iso- lation from family and friends, made you feel like Dorothy confounded in the strange Land of Oz?

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