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For Family and Friends of Individuals with BPD

Does someone you care about have BPD? BPD can affect all types of relationships, including friends, family members, and romantic partners. Learn more about how BPD may be affecting your relationship, how to cope when a loved one has BPD, and how you can help..

Can You Maintain a BPD Friendship - Maintaining a BPD Friendship
It is not easy to stay in a friendship with someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Many of the symptoms of BPD can disrupt friendships, and many friends have struggled long and hard with the decision to maintain the relationship with the BPD friend or cut ties. Have you managed to maintain a friendship with someone with BPD? What...

BPD and Antisocial Personality - When BPD and Antisocial Personality Co-Occur
In some cases, people with BPD also meet criteria for antisocial personality (ASPD). Readers share their experiences with friends and family members who had co-occurring BPD and antisocial personality.

Divorce a BPD Spouse - Should You Divorce a BPD Spouse
What is your advice for others considering divorce from their BPD spouse? Did you stick with the marriage? Have you been through a divorce from a BPD spouse? Is it possible to make a BPD marriage work? Share your own experience.

BPD and Cheating - Your Experience with BPD and Cheating
Is there a connection between BPD and cheating? Have you had a BPD partner who cheated on you? Or, do you have BPD and have your symptoms led you to cheat? Readers share their experiences of BPD and cheating.

Validating Emotions
It is not always easy to validate the emotions of a spouse, partner, family member, or friend without feeling that you are resigning yourself to agree with their opinion. Here is how to validate emotions without necessarily agreeing with how your loved one sees things.

Getting Someone Into Treatment - Success Stories About Getting Someone Into...
It is not unusual for people to refuse treatment that they need; treatment that may even save their life. Readers share their stories of frustration and success with getting their loved one to accept treatment.

Life in a BPD Family - What is Life Like in a BPD Family
Having a family member with BPD is a very difficult experience, and one that is hard for other people to understand. What is one thing about what it is like to live with someone with BPD that you would want outsiders to know?

Family Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
Family therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD) may be a helpful addition to traditional BPD treatment plans. Why family therapy for BPD? Family members of people with BPD frequently report feeling overwhelmed by their loved ones’ symptoms, and often need help understanding where these symptoms come from and how they are best managed. Family therapy for BPD may also help reduce symptoms by helping the family to function in a healthier way.

Borderline Personality and Marriage
Many different kinds of close relationships are affected by borderline personality disorder (BPD), but perhaps none more than the borderline personality marriage. Marriages in which either one or both partner has BPD can be very tumultuous and conflict-laden. But these marriages can also be successful with work.

Understanding Romantic BPD Relationships
BPD relationships are often chaotic, intense, and conflict-laden. This can be especially true for romantic BPD relationships. Many people have been hurt in their romantic relationships with borderline personality partners, but others have found a way to make the relationships work.

Is There a Connection Between Borderline Personality and Cheating?
We know that people with borderline personality have very serious problems in relationships. But, is someone with borderline personality more likely to cheat?

How to Help a Borderline Friend
If you have a friend with borderline personality disorder, you may feel confused about how you can help them. Learn more about how you can be a good friend to someone with borderline personality while also maintaining your own health.

How to Manage When a Loved One Is Splitting
What is splitting and what should you do when a loved one or friend with borderline personality disorder is splitting? Learn more about splitting and how to manage this behavior

Borderline Personality Family Resources
Looking for borderline personality family resources? Find resources for the BPD family here, including books, websites, courses, and treatment options.

The BPD Family
What effects do symptoms of borderline personality disorder have on the family? Learn more about life in the BPD family.

Borderline Personality Myths
There are a number of very widely circulated myths about borderline personality disorder. Read more about borderline personality myths — what is true and what is myth?

Borderline Personality Adolescents
Get the facts about borderline personality adolescents. How is borderline personality in children? What are the symptoms? How can you find help for a borderline personality adolescent?

Prognosis for Borderline Personality in Teenagers
What is the prognosis for borderline personality in teenagers? Are teenagers with borderline personality likely to get better? Learn more about the recovery rates for borderline personality in teenagers.

Borderline Personality Symptoms in Children
What are borderline personality symptoms in children? Are borderline personality symptoms different in children and adults?

Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder:
Here are some signs that may indicate your friend or loved one has borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Helping Someone Who Self-Harms
Advice for helping a friend or loved one who self-harms from your About.com Guides to Bipolar Disorder, Kimberly Read and Marcia Purse

How to Help Someone Who is Feeling Suicidal
Information on helping a loved one who is feeling suicidal, from your About.com Guide to Depression, Nancy Schimelpfening.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Family and loved ones can find information and support on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website.

Facing the Facts: A Support Site for Family and Partners
Facing the Facts provides information and support for family and partners of people with BPD. Find articles, linked resources, and message boards.

National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
Get news and information from the National Education Alliance for borderline personality disorder, including information on their Family Connections program for the families and loved ones of people with BPD.

BPDCentral.com, Home of the Welcome to Oz Online Community
BPDCentral, a comprehensive site for family members, is the home of the Welcome to Oz online community.

BPDFamily--Support for Families and Relationship Partners
A large and active online support community for family and relationship partners of people with BPD.

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