Author(s): Rachel Reiland
My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder A riveting memoir of the author's descent into psychiatric hospitalization and coming to terms with a terrifying diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. A fascinating look at how a BPD sufferer rebuilds her life from the inside out. This riveting memoir illustrates the author's long journey through mental illness and despair. But this isn't a story about hopelessness. This is a story about healing. We meet an author who is courageous enough to face her own demons, a husband who is committed enough to always embrace therapeutic solutions, and a doctor who insightful enough to recognize Rachel's potential to return to wholeness. Learning the truth about her diagnosis was shock. Rachel writes: "Borderline Personality Disorder! Anorexia was a term I knew well. Depression was practically a household world. But Borderline Personality Disorder? I'd never in my life heard of that term. But it sounded sick, twisted, and demented. Crazy." Eventually she does come to terms with her psychological profile. "I was manipulative, desperately clinging, pathologically motivated to be the center of attention, prone to tantrums, explosiveness, and frantic acts of desperation when I did not feel the intimacy connection was strong enough." Rachel learns that many view PBD as a condition that can't be treated and can't be overcome. But Rachel's doctor takes a different view, and her husband agrees with that view. So begins four years of intensive therapy. Through Rachel, readers get an inside view of the mind of a BPD sufferer. We see how BPD strains Rachel's husband and confuses her young children. We see how Rachel confronts the stigmas and resistance of her own parents and siblings. And we ultimatelysee how responsible psychotherapy can free a BPD sufferer to lead a new life of fulfillment and hope. Many people, including professionals, believe that Borderline Personality Disorder is an untreatable psychiatric disease. However, through responsible therapy, medication and family support, suffers are finding ways to live fulfilling, productive lives.