BPDFamily.com is education site and an online support group for the family members of individuals suffering from Borderline personality disorder and other personality and impulse disorders. The site was started in 1998 and is listed by Alexa/Yahoo as the most popular website, worldwide, for personality disorders and for Borderline personality disorder. This is an HonCode certified website.
Site lessons and coaching are largely derived from publications written by Shari Manning PhD, Margalis Fjelstad PhD, Robert O. Friedel MD, and the NEA-BPD Family Connections Program. Both CBT and DBT tools are taught/discussed by members.
The organization has a platform of clinically based materials and tools and administrators and senior members encourage balance and self-awareness. This is a very active group - members participate 24/7. There are a lot of deep discussions on this site.
Wikipedia reports this group to be one of the first "cyber" support groups to be recognized by the medical establishment and receive professional referrals. The National Health Service (England) currently refers their clientele and readers to BPDFamily.com as does the NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, NEA-BPD: National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, PDAN: Personality Disorders Awareness Network, and Kaiser Permanente Health Information Resources. The groups services and programs are recommended in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: An Introductory Textbook (ISBN:9780335237463), Resources to Improve Emotional Health and Strengthen Relationships (ISBN: 0199915156), I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality (ISBN:9781491575734), The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder (ISBN:978-1592853632), and Stop Walking on Eggshells (ISBN:781572246904).
The groups offerings include:
- online CBT program (partnering with Australian National University,)
- a list of therapists by city (partnering with Psychology Today)
There are a lot of hurt and raw emotions expressed by newer members and it can, at times, be hostile to people with BPD as members work through the early stages of healing. This a site for family members only.