I am happy to recommend the following books and articles about emotional sensitivity, borderline personality disorder (BPD), self-harm, evidence-based treatment, and co-occuring disorders.

Books by or for individuals who are emotionally-sensitive:

The Borderline Personality Disorder Wellness Planner for Families

Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping when Your Adolescent has BPD

The High-Conflict Couple: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy, and Understanding

Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors

The Power of Validation: Arming Your Child Against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Addiction, Self-harm, and Out-of-Control Emotions

Loving Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Keep Out-of-Control Emotions from Destroying Your Relationship

Books for mental health professionals:

Emotion Regulation in Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences

The Feelings of Meaninglessness: A Challenge to Psychotherapy and Philosophy

Helping the Suicidal Person


Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change


Other excellent reads:

Man's Search for Meaning

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I am Enough"

Peer-reviewed articles about BPD and self-injury:

Strategies to Deal with Suicide and Non-suicidal Self-Injury in BPD—the Case of DBT (2019)

Factors predicting dropout from DBT (2018)

Improving family functioning to (hopefully) improve treatment efficacy of borderline personality disorder: An opportunity not to dismiss (2018)

The relationship between borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder (2017)

What works in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (2017)

Prevention and early intervention of borderline personality disorder (2017)

Differences in facial emotion recognition between first episode psychosis, borderline personality disorder and healthy controls (2016)

Emotion regulation in schema therapy and dialectical behavior therapy (2016)

Effects of mindfulness training on different components of impulsivity in borderline personality disorder: results from a pilot randomized study (2016)

Overcoming barriers to skills training in BPD: A qualitative interview study (2015)

Can't stand to look in the mirror? Self-awareness avoidance in BPD (2015)

Parenting challenges and treatment needs of mothers with BPD (2015)

Why patients with severe personality disorders are overmedicated (2015)

Associations between changes in normal personality traits and borderline personality disorder symptoms over 16 years (2015)

Subjective memory complaints and memory performance in patients with borderline personality disorder (2014)

Dialectical behavior therapy alters emotion regulation and amygdala activity in patients with borderline personality disorder (2014)

Distinguishing PTSD, complex PTSD, and borderline personality disorder: A latent class analysis (2014)


Curriculum: Living with Hope

Peer leaders in mental health organizations such as NAMI, MHA, DBSA, or ICCD Clubhouses are in a unique position to help facilitate healing and hope after death by suicide.

I developed this retreat as a project while I was attending graduate school at Baylor University. While there is no charge to use this material and you are free to make changes, please provide an author credit to Amanda L. Smith, LCSW.

Living with Hope: A Peer-Led Retreat for Suicide Survivors (Peer Leader Guide)

Living with Hope: A Peer-Led Retreat for Suicide Survivors (Participant Guide)


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