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I am frequently asked to recommend books and websites about Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT, mindfulness, anxiety, trauma, and other issues. I have compiled a list here of books, videos, and websites that have to do with various mental illnesses and treatments.


  • About anxiety disorders, including Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The website of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America also provides comprehensive information.

  • ​About depressive disorders: these include Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic Disorder.

  • ​About Bipolar Disorder: This used to be called "Manic Depressive Disorder."

  • ​About Borderline Personality Disorder: This explanation from the National Institute for Mental Health refers to Marsha Linehan, developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT is the gold standard of treatment for BPD, as demonstrated by hundreds of research studies in the past 30 years. Other excellent resources are the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, and the TARA site which also provides a helpful clearinghouse of information for friends and family members. See this list for more books, videos, and websites I find useful. .

  • About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): ​The website for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is the authority on PTSD, its causes, treatment, and the latest research. They also provide extensive treatment guidelines summarizing the research outcomes of different types of treatment for PTSD. Another resource is The National Center for PTSD’s website, hosted by the Veterans' Administration (VA). This site offers a comprehensive guide to assessment, treatment, and services for PTSD for veterans, their families and friends. This site explains Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). 

  • ​About psychotic disorders: These include, for example, Schizophrenia and Substance-Induced Psychosis.

  • ​About substance use disorders: These disorders include alcoholism and drug addiction and, with the release of the DSM5, gambling.


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy: DBT is the gold standard of treatment for those emotionally sensitive individuals who may engage in self-harm, be chronically suicidal, have difficulty regulating their emotions and tolerating distress, and/or have chaotic interpersonal relationships. Behavioral Technology is the home of Marsha Linehan, PhD, the creator of  Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and her colleagues. Her website includes information, explanations, and resources for practitioners and clients. It includes a DBT therapist locator.

  • ​Triangle Area DBT (TADBiT):  Whereas BTech is the national site, TADBiT brings together all the DBT therapists in our area. We share trainings, consultation teams, and resources with each other.

  • This is a comprehensive website put together by people who have been through DBT (not professionals), which includes information on DBT, the various skills (with explanation and examples), and other resources and links.

  • Borderline Personality Disorder - Family Connections Program has an audio recording of Perry Hoffman, PhD on difficulties with family members (15-20 minutes)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ official website includes resources, overviews of specific types of CBT, and up-to-the-minute research on CBT treatments. ​As its name implies, CBT helps people overcome many forms of distress by teaching them to challenge their thoughts (cognitions) and to change their behavior.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT is the most recent  variation on CBT, and has been proven successful for many problems. This site includes information on ACT, research on its efficacy, and how to find an ACT therapist.​

  •  Alcoholics Anonymous has been providing a free program of recovery from alcoholism and other substances since 1939. While it does not claim to be a professional treatment program, most rehabilitation programs base their treatment on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • Overeaters Anonymous uses the same 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous but is a program for those who binge (compulsive overeating), binge and purge (bulimia),  and starve themselves (anorexia). For a list of local meetings, Triangle OA is the home of Overeaters Anonymous in the Triangle

  • Al-Anon:  Whereas AA is for those who want to stop drinking, Al-Anon and Al-Ateen are for the families and friends of those with alcoholism and drug addiction. Parents, partners, and children find support and coping skills here. 

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:  MBSR was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1990s. Research shows that it is highly effective for treating chronic pain; it has also been used to reduce anxiety and depression as well as other complaints. Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine has several MBSR programs. 

​Additional resources:

  • The National Suicide Hotline number is 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

  • There are many psychiatric medications and more are being developed all the time. The links I have here are to sites that are not going to try to sell you anything.

  • Many of my patients use a DBT diary card to track their skills usage daily.

  • If you are seeking treatment for a substance use disorder, you will find some options here. I am not affiliated with any of the facilities mentioned, nor do I endorse any of the treatment options listed. I am familiar with some of them and believe that the page offers links to some good quality inpatient and outpatient treatment. If your insurance is Medicare, you may want to read this.

  • This is an article on athletes and mental illness. It tells the story of eight professional athletes and their experiences of a variety of mental health challenges.

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  • My book, “What?!?! We had homework??” Email Reminders to Clients from DBT Skills Class Leaders is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. This book is a collection of reminders I email to members of my DBT skills class and their individual therapists each week; each email reviews the skill taught, and reminds clients of their homework. The reminders increase the likelihood that clients will practice their skills, and allow therapists to provide clarification for hard-to-understand skills or homework assignments. This volume also includes some of the supplementary handouts I and my co-leader use to amplify skills practice. Purchasers of this book will receive access to a page on this website where they can download the skills reminders for use with their own skills classes, should they wish to do so. 



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