BPD Affects The Whole Family:
When a loved one has borderline personality disorder, family and loved ones often suffer quite a bit. Since BPD can include a pattern of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, they may be on the roller coaster of extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation). Changeable moods, high-risk behavior, suicidality and intense anger are often part of life for a person with BPD and thus, they become part of life for those who love him or her. Families of people with BPD may benefit from support, skills training and sometimes their own therapy. The challenges of dealing with an ill relative on a daily basis can be very stressful, and family members may unknowingly act in ways that negatively impact their relative. Family Connections™ is a free group program (run by family members and/or clinicians who have been trained) that focuses on the needs of family members. It is available in locations throughout Australia as well as through teleconference to the US
Listen to a panel discussion featuring Dr Perry Hoffman, co-creator of Family Connections and President of the National Education Alliance for BPD; Liz Hodgman, carer peer and Family Connections facilitator; Jake Hodgman, person with lived experience of BPD; Carolyn Bright, DBT clinician Fremantle Hospital and Family Connections leader trainer; Jennie Fitzhardinge, webinar facilitator and Family Connections facilitator, and Terri-Lee Hill, Family Connections facilitator.
The webinar may be viewed here.