Understanding BPD

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). 

About the Brain
Valerie Porr, MA

    What's going on in the BPD brain?

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15.Radio Show 16

Kevin Meehan, PhD
Facial Emotional Recognition in BPD

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Dennis Tirch, PhD
Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy

TARA Surveys

  • BPD Misdiagnosis & Mistreatment

  • Feelings of Shame

  • Immune Disorders

TARA survey's aim to learn about your experiences coping with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is only with data quantifying your experiences that we can motivate new research and advocate effectively to demand action to improve diagnosis, availability of evidence-based BPD treatment and increased research funding. TARA developed these surveys in response to observations garnered over 20 years from our helpline and family classes indicating that appropriate diagnosis and treatment is a major stumbling block towards getting help with BPD, shame is a major problem and immune disorders seem to be highly prevalent.

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. 

The TARA Method  Family

TARA's Borderline Suicide Memorial Wall

BPD has a 10% suicide rate. Families who have lost a loved on to BPD suicide are deprived of a way to honor thier loved one because of the wide spread stigma towards individuals with borderline personality disorder. TARA invites those who have lost a loved one to Borderline Suicide to honor the suffering of their loved one and to validate the courage it took to live with the relentless pain of BPD, by posting their photo on TARA's Borderline Suicide Memorial Wall.

Rebbie Ratner

The director of the film, who has the BPD diagnosis, will be
at the screening to discuss & answer questions
"Borderline" is the first documentary to capture the lived
experience of BPD.

        SYNOPSIS: the first time regina   tried to kill herself, she was 5 now she's 45, hell-bent on trying to live--                       most of the time.

        SYNOPSIS: the first time regina   tried to kill herself, she was 5 now she's 45, hell-bent on trying to live--                       most of the time.

 BPD Research
opportunity at Mt. Sinai, NY

Mood & Personality Research Group is looking for study participants. 

Meetings and Events

FEBRUARY 3-4-5, 2017

March & April Events

Learn about all the meetings and conferences you can attend to understand more about BPD. Your chance to learn from experts.
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TARA Spring 8-week Family Workshop
Starting March 14, 2017

In Their Own Words...

2 women describe their experiences living with BPD
Audio recording available

International  Congress on BPD
personality disorder,
Functioning and Health

September 25-28, 2017
Heidelberg, Germany