Product DescriptionIn this book the many challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are explored through the stories of a fictional married couple. Although they are products of author Marilyn Dowell’s mind their behavior is based on careful research.
In each chapter some facet of BPD is acted out in an informative way for those who have little experience with the disorder. Beyond showing the typical features of BPD Compassion for Annie offers insights for responding to the sufferer in a compassionate manner.
In addition to the dialogues Dowell includes an analysis of the interaction a prayer specific to the chapter topic and a list of suggested readings.
Dowell wrote this book as a means of understanding a loved one with the disorder while helping others. Compassion for Annie is intended for those with the disorder and those who love them. The good news as Dowell points out is that with knowledge and the help of trained mental health professionals BPD is “an affliction that can be healed.”
Marilyn Dowell enjoyed a long public service career in the field of librarianship in Colorado and Texas. She received her M.A. from the University of Denver. Later a life-long learner she enrolled in a number of post-graduate classes in management at Arizona State University and in psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her certification in Education & Dispute Resolution at North Lake College Irving TX.
An avid reader Marilyn’s interests are in the fields of emotional intelligence management psychology religion and spirituality.
Marilyn’s interest in mental disorders specifically borderline personality disorder is motivated by her deep and abiding love for friends and family who suffer from BPD. She believes that through prayer and therapy her loved ones can be healed and offers that hope to her readers. She writes from the perspective of a layperson addressing the general public.