Randi Kreger has brought the concerns of people who have a family member with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) to an international forefront through her best-selling books, informative website, and popular online family support community Welcome to Oz.
New Facebook Page for Kids with a Borderline Parent!
We now have a place where teens and kids with a borderline parent can go for help!
Let me give you some background first.
The Personality Disorder Awareness Network (www.pdan.org) (PDAN, pronounced P-Dan) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of personality disorders, alleviating the impact of personality disorders on families, and preventing the development of personality disorders in children.
Personality Disorder Awareness (as we can call it for short) has existed for about 15 years. A new president, Frederic Bien, came on board in 2012 and started developing new programs that have taken off. The organization is now based in Atlanta, Georgia and has more than 30 volunteers located around the world, especially in the UK.
PDAN is now doing some cool things. They have a large presence in social media. They offer books for children, including books on parents with extreme moods. And for instance, they are offering a webinar on Monday May 4, 2015 to help estranged parents communicate in positive ways.
PDAN offers three Facebook public pages aimed at different populations:
1. Their main page (www.facebook.com/PDAN) has many treatment-seeking adults struggling with BPD and other personality disorders. They also have family members who participate in the discussions. PDAN is looking for more family members to provide their viewpoints. Please check it out if you are interested.
2. The second Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PDANteens) is something the BPD community has needed for a very long time: a place for teens with a borderline parent to hang out and talk to each other.
Right now, the messages consist mainly of encouragements. They are hoping it becomes a place where teens can meet friends who understand what they are going through.
3. The third page is called Families with Intense Emotions (www.facebook.com/PDANfamilies). It is a place where people with BPD can get parenting tips. as well as a place for parents of children whose other parent might have traits of BPD, NPD or other personality disorder.
All these resources are free to use, and are already used daily by thousands of people.
3. The next page is called Families with Intense Emotions. Among other things, it is a place where people with BPD can get parenting tips.
The Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN) is a new not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of personality disorders, alleviating the impact of personality disorders on families and preventing the development of personality disorders in children.
PDAN currently focuses on personality disorders that have significant effects on families through emotional dysregulation, and for which a good amount of scientific research is already available, namely Borderline, Narcissistic, Antisocial and Obsessive-Compulsive. (There is a total of 10 personality disorders listed in psychiatric manuals.)
Emotional dysregulation can be defined as a pattern of emotional responses over time, usually 1+ year, that are poorly modulated and do not fall within the conventional range.
The organization's goals are:
To provide children with tools to help them develop healthy emotional regulation skills and healthy relationships
To prepare parents to be aware and educated about personality disordersTo reduce the impact of these emotional styles on children, partners and sufferers
To prevent or mitigate the development of personality disorders in children who may have a biological predisposition to personality disorders, and/or who are living with a parent or guardian whose behavior may be affecting the children toward developing emotional dysregulation.
At Risk Children
PDAN currently focuses its awareness and prevention work for "at-risk" children (primarily ages 7 to 14):
Who have parents with personality disorders, orWho are in high-conflict separated or divorcing families, orWho have symptoms or diagnosis of ADHD, orWho have experienced trauma (a credible threat on a person's sense of survival), orWho live in foster care or have had changes in adoption
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