Stories from the Border: Reflections on Ways of Working with People with Borderline Personality Disorder Living in the Community


John Little and Duncan Thomson
Kapiti CMHT, New Zealand

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: PSY022030

This is a startlingly frank account of a psychiatrist’s and a psychologist’s learnings, milestones and mistakes when working with people with the characteristics of borderline personality disorder (BPD). The book is an examination of the physician and therapist as much as it is of this often ‘alarming and bewildering’ group of people.

Throughout their illuminating, frank and often moving accounts of their work, Doctors Little and Thomson elucidate and reflect on the principles that inform their practice and the practice of their mental health team colleagues. Importantly, the book also presents stories in their own words from the people with whom they all work. These stories offer further valuable insight into the experience of BPD and its treatment and therapy. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About Us

Part One: Taking Time

Chapter 1 – Getting the Timing Right by Slowing Things Down (pp. 3-10)

Chapter 2 – ‘With the Stroke of A Pen’ … The Dilemma of Diagnosis (pp. 13-26)

Part Two: Taking risks

Chapter 3 – Emerging Principles (pp. 29-42)

Chapter 4 – Keeping Responsibility’s ‘Siblings’ to the Fore (pp. 43-56)

Part Three: Putting Principles into Practice

Chapter 5 – ‘Getting on with It’—Treatment-Related Considerations (pp. 359-90)

Part Four: Reflecting on Experiences and Aftermaths

Chapter 6 – Learnings and Outcomes (pp. 93-122)

Chapter 7 – Beyond the Border (pp. 123-128)



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