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BPD Survival GuideThe Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living with BPD
by Alexander L. Chapman, Ph.D., and Kim L. Gratz, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications Inc. (2007)

A comprehensive guide for persons living with BPD, this book offers up-to-date, accurate and accessible information about BPD in a format that is easy to follow, answering basic questions about the disorder and providing chapters on several treatment approaches.

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Regular & DecafRegular & Decaf
by Andrew D. Gatke, Risen Man Publishing (2008)

Andrew and Benji, two 20-something friends, one living with schizophrenia and the other with bipolar disorder, talk about their conditions in an ongoing series of conversations. They discuss thoughts, feelings, coping skills, relationships and ambitions.

"Take one day at a time. Just relax and have a cup of coffee." They confront "doom and gloom" fears and prognoses and maintain hope and visions for recovery: Gadke has spoken at NAMI Minnesota Family-to-Family classes, with one instructor noting that the book makes mental illness "understandable" in a very human way.

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When Someone You Love is BipolarWhen Someone You Love is Bipolar: Help and Support for You and Your Partner
by Cynthia G. Last, Ph.D., Guilford Press (2009)

Written by a clinical psychologist who herself has bipolar disorder, Dr. Last's book is the result of her personal and professional experiences.

Vignettes of couples dealing with a bipolar partner and Q&A sections from non-bipolar partners add to the book's focus and ease of reading.

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Overcoming OCDOvercoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
by David Veale and Rob Willson, Basic Books (2008)

Overcoming OCD is aimed at people living with OCD and their families or partners with a core message that OCD is common, persons with OCD are not crazy and that OCD can be overcome.

Veale and Willson take great care to describe why their book is an important read for persons living with OCD and how cognitive behavioral techniques can helpful to manage and overcome symptoms.

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