What qualifies you (Randi Kreger) to write about BPD? How did you come to be involved in this issue?
The story of how I got into becoming an author is a long one and is in my first book Stop Walking on Eggshells . Briefly, it started with my own experience of having a BP and NP in my life. My background in marketing, public relations,and journalism has much to do with understanding complex subjects and explaining them so people understand them.
What I do is act like a reporter and research dozens of experts, particularly those who are key people in:
- The science of BPD, including clinicians at the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)
- The treatment of BPD, such as practitioners who work with Marsha Linehan (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Jeffrey Young (Schema Therapy), and Psychiatrist Dr. Friedel (neuroscience and medications). (Dr. Friedel is also the author of Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified and served as one of the experts leading an educational session about BPD for Congress.)
My books themselves have been reviewed in depth by clinicians and other experts in the field, or are coauthored by clinicians. I wrote Stop Walking on Eggshells with Paul Mason and the SWOE Workbook with Paul Shirley.
The first half of the Essential Family Guide to BPD was reviewed by Dr. Friedel, and the second half was reviewed several clinicians who are listed in the back. EFG is backed up my 10 pages of footnotes, which were reviewed by the publisher, Hazelden.
When the topics are unrelated to BPD but have to do with coping mechanisms, I review the top work in that field, for example, body language or limit-setting.
Of course one of the most important sources is people with BPD themselves and families. WTO has leaded me to hundreds of stories. I carefully review what answers people are looking for.
BPD is a very complex subject and no one person has all the answers. The view of one person is very limited. I act as a reporter and funnel everything from a "how do I explain this so people will understand it?" kind of perspective.
Questions I ask myself include,"How do I structure the information?" "Of everything I learned, what is most important?" "How do I simplify this?" "Is this just info, or a tool that people can really use?" All of this takes two to three years.
Therapists all over the world recommend my books and quote them in handouts; for example a DBT program in Canada used quotes about boundaries from SWOE in their family educations, program, and another clinician uses the SWOE workbook in her family program.
The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder was highly recommended by Dr. Friedel in an NEA-BPD educational phone call. I speak at conferences, and spoke on The Secrets of Setting Limits for National Education Alliance for BPD in Atllanta. I also lead three confrences in Japan and have done book signings at the 2010 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill conference in D.C.
New Tools and Techniques to Stop Walking on Eggshells
Practical Strategies for Living with Someone Who Has Borderline Personality Disorder
Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder
The Basics of Borderline Personality Disorder for Beginners
Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Conversations with William A. Eddy
Featuring Ken Lewis and James Paul Shirley
Protecting Your Mental Health When Your Partner has Borderline Personality Disorder