BPDFamily.com is an online support group for the family members of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The group, established in 1998, was one of the first "cyber" support groups to be recognized by the medical providers and receive professional referrals. In 2015, BPDFamily.com was listed by Alexa as the most visited BPD website in the world, and it ranked 19th among all mental health websites. Funding has come from benefactors and member donations. The site has been certified as reputable health information resource by the Health On the Net Foundation since July 2007.

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  • BPDFamily.com is an online support group for the family members of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The group, established in 1998, was one of the first "cyber" support groups to be recognized by the medical providers and receive professional referrals. BPDFamily.com provides articles and message boards for family members to learn and share their experiences. The articles explain borderline personality disorder in understandable terms, and the discussion groups help to normalize the experiences of family members. The site appeals to family members who care about someone with borderline personality disorder, but are frustrated with the relationship demands and conflict. The origin of BPDFamily.com traces back to the AOL online support groups that provided case studies used in the self-help book Stop Walking on Eggshells (1998). The AOL online support groups went on to become a single-title, online book discussion group for Stop Walking on Eggshells and in 2007, were spun off by the book's author to became an independent multi-national support group. The site educational platform was expanded to include lessons derived from publications written by Shari Manning PhD, Margalis Fjelstad PhD, Robert O. Friedel MD, and the NEA-BPD Family Connections Program. BPDFamily.com also has an interactive web program that teaches the basic principles of cognitive behavior therapy. In 2015, BPDFamily.com was listed by Alexa as the most visited BPD website in the world, and it ranked 19th among all mental health websites. Funding has come from benefactors and member donations. The site has been certified as reputable health information resource by the Health On the Net Foundation since July 2007. The organization has been involved and referenced in clinical research studies conducted by Columbia University, University of Wollongong (Australia),California State University, Sacramento, University of Toronto (Canada), University of Nevada, Bowling Green State University, Wright Institute (California), Colorado School of Professional Psychology, Long Island University, Alliant International University (California), Macquarie University (Australia), and Simon Fraser University (Canada). The organization also supports industry research studies conducted by the Treatment and Research Advancements Association for Personality Disorder (TARA-APD). BPDFamily.com is a listed reference site of the National Health Service (England), the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, and the Personality Disorders Awareness Network. The site has been recommended by about.com expert Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, PhD, Salon advice columnist Cary Tennis, PsychCentral columnist Kate Thieda, and by Randi Kreger at BPDCentral. The group's services and programs are recommended in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: An Introductory Textbook, Resources to Improve Emotional Health and Strengthen Relationships, I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality, The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, Stop Walking on Eggshells, and Discovering Your Inner Child: Transforming Toxic Patterns and Finding Your Joy. In a January 2013 column, Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault at Boston University School of Medicine says that although she highly recommends this group for family members, readers with borderline personality disorder should keep in mind that some people have been hurt by their family member with BPD and are speaking from this perspective. (en)
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  • BPDFamily.com is an online support group for the family members of individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The group, established in 1998, was one of the first "cyber" support groups to be recognized by the medical providers and receive professional referrals. In 2015, BPDFamily.com was listed by Alexa as the most visited BPD website in the world, and it ranked 19th among all mental health websites. Funding has come from benefactors and member donations. The site has been certified as reputable health information resource by the Health On the Net Foundation since July 2007. (en)
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