Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Buddha & The Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, & Online Dating by Kiera Van Gelder

Borderline Personality Disorder is listed as one of the Axis II disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It's defined as "a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts."

I have read some about Borderline Personality Disorder, but this is the first memoir and first-hand account that I've read. It gave me a much better understanding of what might go on in the head of someone with this personality disorder.

The author struggled with addictions, depression, self-harm (cutting), suicidal ideation, and chaotic relationships until she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in her early 30s.

She tries various therapies until she finds a dialectical behavior therapy program that proves to be quite effective in stabilizing her life and emotions.

This book was a great introduction to dialectical behavior therapy (a dialectic is defined as "what happens when opposites combine to create something new") which includes a team of professionals including a therapist who can be paged 24/7 in order to help the client with in-the-moment emotional regulation and lots of group work.

This book was a great introduction to both Borderline Personality Disorder and the basics of dialectical behavior therapy, and would be a great read for anyone of you out there interested in either of these topics.

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