Understanding BPD:
Research and Treatment

BPD is often misunderstood, misdiagnosed and stigmatized. We at TARA try to provide you with the latest evidence based research results and explanations and referrals to evidence- based treatment. We will provide you with links to the actual research and explanations of DBT, Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) and Transference- Focused Psychotherapy (TFP). 

 4th International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder

Bridging the Gap
--from Basic Science to Treatment Implementation  

8-10 September, 2016
University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria  

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Your Experience with Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment of BPD

Understanding BPD  for mental health professionals, parents, partners, siblings, and anyone who cares about someone with BPD

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder For mental health professionals, parents, partners, siblings, and anyone who cares about someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

Your experience with shame


New BPD Research

 A New Perspective on the Pathophysiology of BPD: A Model of the Role of Oxytocin

By Sabine Herpertz and Katja Bertsch

This article is a concise review of current research, clearly demonstrating the interpersonal hypersensitivity, difficulty in trusting others and pervasive misperceptions of situations, especially interpersonal situations. Dr. Herpertz and Dr. Bertsch make a strong case for future research on the role of Oxytocin in BPD. 

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TARA Workshops

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Photo Credit: ms.akr

New York City Weekend Workshop

Family Survival Skills
Feb. 19-20-21, 2016

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New York City
 Family Survival Skills
8 Week Workshop

Starting Tuesday February 2, 2016

This workshop is Highly  recommended for those of you who live in the NYC-Long Island-Westchester- New Jersey area so that you can benefit from practice and weekly sharing.

   Get the BPD Facts
Support & Psychoeducation  for those with BPD

February 11, 2016
Thursday 7-9PM

Helpful Hints for:

  • Coping with anxiety
    Saying NO
    Answering difficult questions
    Mindfully staying in the present
    Tolerating Distress
    Saving Face

    Coping with Loneliness
    Exit Strategy   

       Finally, TARA's group provides a supportive and safe place to learn about BPD. This is a psychoeducation group where people coping with BPD can come together in safety, share their stories and find strength in a common bond of shared suffering and understanding.

       If you have been diagnosed with BPD or are exploring the possibility that you might have the disorder, join us for learning, support and conversation. This peer- focused group is practical and solution- oriented. It is neither group therapy nor a support group nor is it a substitute for treatment. This group will provide you with accurate, science- based information about BPD; how it is treated; and options for treatment such as DBT, Mentalization, and Transference- Focused Psychotherapy. Learn techniques to repair relationships, reduce shame and validate your psychic panic. We will discuss fears and stigma and the courage it takes to accept BPD.

       We aim to bridge the chasm between those with BPD and their loved ones by fostering compassion for each other. Diagnosis of BPD not required to attend, merely an openness to explore the possibility. 

Meetings take place alternate Thursday evenings. RSVP or call for more information 212-966-6514 or tara4bpd@gmail.com.

BPD and Suicide

BPD has a suicide rate of 10%. People with BPD are in constant emotional pain, pain so severe that it is often unbearable. Suicide attempts are often maladaptive efforts to make the pain stop and are not wishes to die. Unfortunately if someone doesn't come along and rescue them, they may succeed. 

Because of the stigma associated with mental illness and even more so towards those with Borderline Personality Disorder, families do not have a means to honor those they love who have succumbed to this painful disorder. In order to validate their suffering and to honor their loss, we invite those who have lost a loved one to suicide to post a photo on TARA's Memorial Wall. 

TARA's Memorial Wall

Honoring those with BPD
Lost to suicide


The TARA Method of Family Psychoeducation

We Needs Your Help:
BPD needs
Out-of the Box Research

         BPD Research is Stuck

         BPD Research is Stuck

We  hope we can count on your much needed support to make a real difference in the life of the person you love coping with BPD. Right now, BPD research is stuck. 

ISSPD Congress Montreal:
October 13-16
Personality Disorders Across the Lifespan

Join us for family day on October 13 and meet Valerie Porr and other TARA teachers. Attend the entire conference and learn about the latest BPD research from the experts at the ISSPD Conference.