BPD Support and Recovery (BPDSR)

Carl Dunn, BPDSR Volunteer
832-628-5600 | Email:

Available resources in the Greater Houston area include:


Austin Family Connections

Eric Kunish, Austin Family Connections Volunteer

Available resources in the Austin area include:

  • Family Connections Classes and  Support Groups
  • NAMI Walks Team: Radical Acceptance
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness Advocacy


Amanda L. Smith, LMSW
941-704-4328 | Email:

For treatment consultation and comprehensive
DBT services visit:

To find out more about treatment consultation for
Borderline Personality Disorder and Self-Injury go


Deborah Levy, Family Connections Leader

Available resources in the Dallas Ft Worth Area:

  • Family Connections classes
  • Monthly support group: Family RE-Connections
    (for graduates of former Family Connection Courses)

Corpus Christi

NAMI Greater Corpus Christi
Founders: Jim and Diane Hall

Available resources in the Corpus Christi area include:

  • NAMI Family to Family classes
  • NAMI Connection support groups
  • NAMI family support meetings

Books and Publications

For People Dealing with Strong Emotions

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD. Robert O. Friedel, MD.  Marlowe & Company, 2004.

The Borderline Personality Disorder Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living with BPD. Alexander L. Chapman, PhD and Kim L. Gratz, PhD. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2007.

The Buddha & the Borderline, A Memoir: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, & Online Dating. Kiera Van Gelder. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2010.

Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. Blaise Aguirre, MD and Gillian Galen, PsyD. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2015.

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Wellness Planner: 365 Days of Healthy Living for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit. Amanda L. Smith. Unhooked Books, 2015.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control (New Harbinger Self-Help Book). Scott E. Spradlin, MA. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2003.

The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You. Karyn D. Hall, PhD.  New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2014.

How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention. Susan Rose Blauner. Quill, 2003.

I Thought It Was Just Me (but It isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power. Brené Brown. Gotham Books, 2008.

Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl. Stacy Pershall. W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Blaise Aguirre, MD and Gillian Galen, PsyD. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2013.

For Families
For Professionals

Online Resources

Online Communities & BPD Blogs
#BPDChat, founded in April 2012 by @BPDFFS and @Transformental, is a weekly Twitter chat where people with BPD come together to discuss topics related to borderline personality disorder. Carl Dunn @CarlDunnJr moderates the discussion each Sunday at 9pm GMT and 4pm EST…"You are not alone."

UK based blogger, Sue Sibbald advocates for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and promotes BPD awareness.

The Fight Within Us |
Amanda Wang describes her blog like this: Every life is worth living — but sometimes tragedy happens, chemicals in our brain change, or simply, the daily grind beats us into a less-than-ordinary existence. How do we deal with these obstacles and choose to live through them? I’ll chronicle the quest to find meaning in suffering and share what I’ve learned from those further along the road. And with that, perhaps we’ll discover the fight within us.

Healing From BPD |
A comprehensive website created by Debbie Corso who was diagnosed with BPD around 2011 and currently no longer meets the DSM-V criteria for BPD. Complete with BPD information, Debbie’s personal blog, free resources and a chat room is designed to put those with BPD together with doctors, social workers and therapists. is committed to helping others overcome BPD and move along on their journey towards recovery and wellness. This is a place to share experiences, support one another, ask/answer questions, share ideas about DBT and connect with new friends.

Hope For BPD |
Dedicated to helping people who have been diagnosed with BPD to integrate DBT skills into their daily life, Amanda Smith holds a master of social work and provides a blog as well as the option to subscribe to her daily email list. Her subscribers enjoy a daily email with a DBT skill to utilize throughout their day, real world examples of the skill in use, words of encouragement and support. Subscribers have found her emails to be a helpful push in a positive direction and even friends, family members, and loved ones of those with BPD can benefit from her daily words. Health professionals have even taking a liking to Amanda Smith’s positive words and direction. Amanda also loves to interact with the community and is available for phone calls or text messages too!

Life after BPD |
After years of struggling, and being offered diagnoses which didn’t quite ‘fit’ the author of “Life with BPD” was eventually diagnosed with ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’. This is a wonderfully written blog that shares her story, struggles, and journey living with BPD.

Make BPD Stigma-Free! |
Dedicated to ending the stigma that is often attached to BPD, Joyce Savage has created this blog as a place to share her experiences with BPD and provide a safe haven for others. Discussion is welcomed and personalized responses are commonplace at Make BPD Stigma Free. Joyce’s site also provides BPD information from reliable sources and reference pages for additional reading.

Mental Health Communities


Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth
NEA.BPD Video Series, featuring Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D.

A month long cumulative series of videos introducing and detailing the Family Connections program. These previously unpublished videos demonstrate how Dialectical Behavioral Therapy helps patients and their families as well as, supporting Family Connections participants in honing their skills. This project, featuring Dr. Alan Fruzzetti, was developed jointly by NEA.BPD and the National Office for Suicide Prevention in Ireland (HSE), who very generously funded much of its production.

If Only We Had Known: A Family Guide to Borderline Personality

This comprehensive video series was created to help individuals, families, and loved ones who live with Borderline Personality Disorder. Using the personal stories of families and insights from leading experts in the field, the disorder is explained in ways that are clear and easy to understand. Each of the five videos focuses on a critical aspect of BPD and provides information that can help families learn how to cope with BPD and rebuild fractured relationships. These videos are available for online streaming or in professional DVD format.  


DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach | Durham DBT, Inc. - iPhone

Headspace | Headspace, Inc. - iPhone and Android

Safety Plan | Two Penguins Studios LLC - iPhone

Virtual Hope Box | National Center for Telehealth and Technology
iPhone and Android


For information regarding local resources and suggestions in the Greater Houston Area, get in touch with BPD Support and Recovery.