Online Communities and Welcome to Oz Subscription
Having a family member with narcissistic or borderline personality disorder can make you feel all alone, with no one to talk to who really understands. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, confusion, and most of all, isolation. And real life support groups are nearly impossible to find.
That’s why I (Randi Kreger, author, advocate, and owner of BPDCentral.com) started the Welcome to Oz online family community in 1996. WTO is a sacred place where you’ll meet new friends who know just what you’re facing because they’ve been there too. There, you’ll experience understanding and comfort and learn tips and techniques that have worked for others. WTO members are wonderfully supportive and can carry you through both good and bad times.
Welcome To Oz is open to people who have someone with BPD in their life who will live up to the spirit of our Covenant and follow our all-important Guidelines. Because we’ve grown to more than 20,000 members, we can offer 15 diverse and active groups so you can talk with someone in your own particular situation (see the list of groups below).
Professional management of these group is provided by Lisa R. Lisa moderates the groups, ensuring they’re safe, spam-free, and on topic. She’s there to help you with any concern, including technical issues. You’ll find her email address at the bottom of every post. Don’t hesitate to contact her at any time with a question or concern: that’s why she’s there.
Many discussions on the community revolve around concepts and tools in Randi Kreger’s books The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, Stop Walking on Eggshells, and The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook. When you purchase those books from this site (just click on each title) you help defray the considerable costs of managing this free community.
Please scroll down these list and join the one(s) that look the best for you. Please read the instructions carefully. For confidentiality, Lisa and I urge you to create a confidential e-mail address at www.hotmail.com or www.yahoo.com before subscribing. (Please do not use your real last name.) The groups are active and generate 25-100 emails each day. Therefore, you may wish to set your subscription to digest instead of individual email.
Our Mixed Groups
Our two Welcome to Oz groups, our largest, are for people who would like to interact with all types of family members.
To join WelcomeToOz2, send a blank email to WelcomeToOz2firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WelcomeToOz2
Our Specialized Groups
This group is for people age 18 and over who have or who had a parent with borderline personality disorder. To join this group, send a blank email to WTOAdultChildren1email@example.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOAdultChildren1
For people who prefer a Christian environment
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOChristian
For gay and lesbian members who only want to be with other GLBT members
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOGLBT
FOR those who prefer to be with those who are staying with their BP partner or spouse
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOStaying
For those ambivalent about staying with or leaving their BP partner or spouse
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOTransition
For people who want to be with those who are divorcing their BP spouse
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTODivorcing
For people who are "co-parenting" with a BP
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOCoparenting1
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOMenOnly
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOWomenOnly
For NON-BP parents of children (of any age) who may have BPD
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOParentsOfBPs
For Non-BP grandparents whose grandchildren have a parent with BPD
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOGrandparents
For Non-BP siblings of a person with BP
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOSibling
For clinicians and other health care professionals to discuss BPD. Membership is restricted to clinicians and other professionals
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOProfessionals
BPDFamily Message Board
If you feel like you're walking on eggshells, another excellent site, BPDFamily, gives you sturdy, comfortable boots to protect them from those sharp, white edges. This is an excellent additional resource for WTO members. This site's founders have assembled the articles, message board, and other resources with great care to help families learn about BPD and get back on their feet and feel good about themselves again!
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