Borderline Personality Disorder Focus Of Aug. 12 Talk

dspannASHEVILLE – NAMI Western Carolina presents David R. Spann, LCSW LCAS, with a talk on borderline personality disorder 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Central United Methodist Church, Church Street, downtown.

People with this disorder tend to have instability in self-image, relationships and in their own emotions. People with BPD often are desperately afraid of being abandoned, whether the threat is real or not; they are impulsive and often suffer suicidal thoughts. They have difficulty controlling anger and other emotions.

The talk will offer information about the behaviors associated with BPD and how to cope as a family member or loved one. Spann is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical addiction specialist. He specializes in working with people who are affected by personality disorders and persistent mental health issues, and their loved ones.

Family-to-Family beings Oct. 7

NAMI’s acclaimed Family-to-Family class will be offered in Asheville 6:00 - 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and 10:00 am – 12:30 pm on Saturdays from October 7 to November 15, 2014. Dr. Jim and Sharon Pitts, retired educators, again will lead the class that is free to family members and caregivers of adults living with a severe mental illness. These disorders include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Family-to-Family includes up to date information about medications, communication techniques, handling crises, problem-solving skills, recovery, accessing community support, advocacy, and self-care around worry and stress.

Those who attend F2F gain vital information, insight and understanding of their loved one that many call “life-changing.”Complete details here.