Fortunately, a recent book by Blaise Aguirre, MD, Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD (Fair Winds Press), is an excellent resource that fills the void of information on BPD in teens.Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents is written specifically for parents of BPD teens. The book covers basic information on the diagnosis of BPD in adolescents, how the symptoms of BPD are expressed in teens and the causes of BPD. Practical advice on how to find treatment, decrease "manipulative" behaviors in your teen and deal with other BPD-related behaviors (e.g., self-harm, "emotional storms") is also included.
Dr. Aguirre is the medical director of the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Center at McLean Hospital, an institution that is world-renowned for BPD treatment. In the book, he describes the dialectical behavior therapy approach to treating teens with BPD. Dr. Aguirre combines his clinical expertise with solid research support.
While the primary audience for this book is parents, it is also a great resource for mental health professionals, physicians and teachers. It is highly recommended for anyone living or working with adolescents with BPD.
Aguirre BA. Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD. Fair Winds Press; 2007.