Personality Disorder Awareness Network


Upcoming Webinars

Coping with a High Conflict Co-Parent Webinar with Bill Eddy on May 4th, 2015

High-conflict co-parents have several common traits: All-or-nothing thinking, unmanaged emotions, extreme behaviors and blaming others. Yet there are skills you can use to help manage the co-parenting relationship. This Webinar will focus on writing “BIFF Responses” to hostile emails, and a 3-step method of “Making Proposals” to constructively address parenting issues. A brief explanation of the New Ways for Families method will be included, for parents interested in learning more skills.



Welcome to

read-our-latest-articlePersonality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN) 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.

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.

Our Goals

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 disorders
  • To 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):

  1. Who have parents with personality disorders, or
  2. Who are in high-conflict separated or divorcing families, or
  3. Who have symptoms or diagnosis of ADHD, or
  4. Who have experienced trauma (a credible threat on a person’s sense of survival), or
  5. Who live in foster care or have had changes in adoption.



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