Our History

Wikipedia logoBPDFamily.com is the leading online support group for the family members of individuals suffering from Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other personality and impulse disorders. It is a safe place for intelligent discussion and freedom from the egos and tempers that plague many large blogs and messageboards. The members here are genuine and caring.

The group was established in 1998 and is one of the first "cyber" support groups to be recognized by the medical establishment and receive professional referrals. The group has 280 professional members and has collaborated with a number of University research projects.

The National Health Service (England) currently refers their clientele and readers to BPDFamily.com as does the NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, NEA-BPD: National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, PDAN: Personality Disorders Awareness Network, and Kaiser Permanente Health Information Resources.

Wikipedia logoThe groups services and programs are recommended in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology: An Introductory Textbook (ISBN:9780335237463), Resources to Improve Emotional Health and Strengthen Relationships (ISBN: 0199915156), I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality (ISBN:9781491575734), The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder (ISBN:978-1592853632), and Stop Walking on Eggshells (ISBN:781572246904).

BPDFamily.com is listed by Alexa as the most visited BPD website in the world, and ranks 19th among all mental health websites. The site has a membership roll approaching 100,000 members. Members participate from 35 countries. There are over 3 million articles and posts on the site.

BPDFamily.com has been certified as an ethical and reliable healthcare resource since 2007 by the Hon Foundation (cerificate 764876), an independent watchdog organization funded by the United Nations. BPDFamily.com is high security website with a GeoTrust SSL encryption certificate (license 3783d2b32ba5cda088d55a545724ee75).

Our Community

Clinicians often recommend that family members of someone affected by a personality disorder have a strong support system outside of the home. BPDFamily.com is this type of resource.  At BPDFamily.com, you'll find people with problems similar to your own.  The benefits of participating in a support group include (source: Mayo Clinic):

  1. Abnormal PsychologyFeeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  2. Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
  3. Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  4. Reducing distress, depression or anxiety
  5. Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
  6. Getting practical advice or information
  7. Compare notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options

Members share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional support and have in-depth discussions about human psychology and interpersonal skills techniques.


For 15 years, BPDFamily.com has been a gathering place for openness, emotional support and clinically responsible information -- 24 hours a day. BPDFamily is not a victims community or an emotional free-for-all. The members here are genuine and caring.The site is clinically based and the editorial has clinical oversight. The discussion are moderated and the members who come here are serious about learning and growing. It is a safe place for intelligent discussion and respite from the egos and tempers that plague many large blogs and messageboards.

Members challenge each other to live a more rewarding life in the shadow of a loved one exhibiting traits of mental illness.


Scope: Family of Afflicted Individuals
Size: 75,000 - 100,000 members
Area served: Multi-national
Founded: July 18, 1998
Exec director: R. Skip Johnson MBA
Clinical advisor: John Cain MD
Location: Austin, TX 75231-4596

Page Last Modified: July 14, 2015