I have been familiar with the work of AJ Mahari since the days of her original website “Soul Self-Help” on recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder that she began in April 1995. One of the earliest websites to publicize this disorder, it originated around a series of introspective essays about her own recovery. These intuitive works contained nuggets of wisdom that were often useful in understanding my patients' struggles and guiding them through the various stages of recovery. We shared in our respective work the goal of educating the public about BPD and destigmatizing it.
In the 14 years since her work began, she has made a study of BPD from the early psychoanalytic foundations of the concept to modern day therapeutic interventions, all the while integrating what she has learned with her personal experience with BPD and its treatment. The result has become an extensive and valuable resource for present day sufferers, their families, and their treatment providers.
Richard A. Moskovitz, MD
Richard A. Moskovitz, MD is a psychiatrist with over thirty years of practice experience. He is the author of Lost in the Mirror, 2nd Edition: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder which was first published in 1996 and revised in a Second Edition in 2001. It's objective was to elucidate the experience of people suffering from BPD and to create a vision of how recovery might unfold. He is also the author of Carousel Music a psychological mystery novel that addresses the controversy around validity of memories recovered during treatment. Dr. Moskovitz is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
In an era where recent figures show that BPD affects nearly 6% of the US population, it still remains a mystery disorder. Although widely talked about in psychiatric circles, BPD is not known by the public. AJ Mahari stands as a pioneer in the public dissemination of information on BPD. Her website offers a balanced non-stigmatizing perspective and highly educational review of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is such efforts that will increase public awareness and offer hope to those suffering from this hidden epidemic.
Blaise Aguirre, MD
Adolescent DBT Residential Program
Dr. Aguirre is an expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychopharmacology. He is medical director of 3East at Harvard - affiliated McLean Hospital, a unique, residential DBT program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean since 2000 and is widely recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents.
Dr. Aguirre is the author of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent Has BPD and his new book Depression (Biographies of Disease). He is a co-author of Helping Your Troubled Teen: Learn to Recognize, Understand, and Address the Destructive Behavior of Today's Teens.
All of A.J. Mahari's articles on BPD from 1999-2008 are available for your reading at no cost. I will be adding articles periodically as time permits and the rest of my writing will be made available at reasonable rates in Ebooks (PDF format) along with the information I make available in my Audio Programs
Along with offering hope that recovery is possible and more information on what it looks and feels like and how others can begin to recover this site will also seek to continue to bridge the gap that exists between worlds. The world of those diagnosed with BPD and the world of those who seek to understand them and who often have to make very tough choices about whether or not they can forge ahead in relationships that so far have caused a tremendous amount of pain and have not proved to be healthy.
This site offers hope. It is not unrealistic. If you have been diagnosed with BPD - hope, believe, and have faith that you can and will recover. I am now in the process of adding information to a new section on this web site dedicated just to information and questions and so forth - all about recovery from BPD.
How each person diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder recovers (or perhaps doesn't) and to what degree is highly individual and much more will be outlined about this in a new section I am working on now on this site, along with the over-all re-construction of this site that focuses on Recovery From BPD
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