Mindfulness is one of the core skills used in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) relieve their suffering. It is a skill that is often taught in treatment for BPD, but is one that can be learned and practice no matter where you are.
In their new book, “Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder,” Drs. Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen provide the basics of mindfulness through specific exercises and real-life examples. The book provides a comprehensive overview of Borderline Personality Disorder and mindfulness, guiding users through a practical application of mindfulness.
Throughout the book, Aguirre and Galen provide real-life stories from people who have Borderline Personality Disorder so that you can relate to and learn from their experiences. The book explores each symptom of BPD and teaches specific ways to practice mindfulness to reduce any suffering associated with those symptoms.
“We hope that in this book, you will find the wisdom and willingness to practice mindfulness, not only in the moment of struggle, but also as a way of life,” wrote the authors in the book’s introduction. “And we hope that in so doing, this practice will lead you to the realization that suffering is neither permanent nor inevitable, and, further, that paying attention to things as they are is a path to happiness.”
It seems that Aguirre and Galen, both affiliated with the 3East program at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital in Boston, have done just that.
“[This is] a practical guide for helping individuals improve their BPD symptoms by applying the core DBT skill of mindfulness,” said Michael Roy, LCSW, founder and executive director of Clearview Women’s Center for Borderline Personality Disorder in Los Angeles. “Aguirre and Galen have applied mindfulness to Borderline Personality Disorder in a unique and precise way. This is a book many people suffering from BPD can use to improve the quality of their lives.”
“Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder” is available on Amazon and for Kindle download.
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