Buddha & The Borderline : Kiera Van Gelder :
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating [ Kiera. The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating. Then she recounts how she was finally diagnosed with Borderline through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating by.
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Just to prove to everyone that you should read this book, this is the longest book review I've EVER written. Like many similar diagnoses, I'd had the symptoms most, if not all, of my life, but had finally been given a name and understanding of what it was that possessed me.
I also started individual therapy—thi Fifteen years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I also started individual therapy—this didn't go so well and eventually I quit.
Somewhere in my studies, probably four or five years after my diagnosis, I first heard of Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT ; it was touted as the best cure for BPD, but I had my doubts and fearsso I continued with my self-therapy and studies.
Along the way, I plateaued.
I didn't want to admit it, but I did. All forward motion came to a stop.
I'd done everything I could on my own and I still was an anxious ball of fear wrapped in a lovable fury. I decided it was time to check out DBT—and then I dragged my feet another couple years. Finally, things were so bad and I was so hopeless that I had only two choices: With some reluctance, I chose DBT. To celebrate my initiation into group therapy, I decided to start reading this book.
As I've read other similar books about BPD, I've come to learn that while the symptoms and internal feelings are identical, the way they are manifested may be wildly different.
The Buddha & The Borderline
Van Gelder's experience is very different from mine, but what drives her is very familiar. Kiera achieves this with flying colors here. BPD is an illness that, unless you have encountered it in your own life either by having it yourself or caring deeply for someone who does, is often difficult to clearly describe in a sympathetic manner. Popular culture wants us to believe that these, by and large female, sufferers are akin to the femme fatale or the main character in Fatal Attraction.
They are individuals who experience emotions much more extremely than everyday people do. A visual Kiera uses throughout the book that I believe is quite apt is that a person with BPD is like a person with third degree burns all over their body. Kiera depicts what it feels to suffer from BPD with eloquent passages such as these: I am always on the verge of drowning, no matter how hard I work to keep myself afloat.
Location In an instant, I shift from a woman to a wild-haired girl kicking furniture to a balled-up weeping child on the bed, begging for a touch. Location Similarly Kiera addresses topics that non-mentally ill people have a difficult time understanding at all, such as self-injury, with simultaneously beautiful and frightening passages.
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I grew more mindful as the slow rhythm of bloodletting rinsed me with clarity. I was all business, making sure not to press too deep. I cheerleader who made it and is now rooting for you. Kiera speaks directly to fellow Borderlines in the book, and as she proceeds throug her recovery, she repeatedly stops and offers a hand back to those who are behind her, still in the depths of despair.
People with BPD are highly artistic, have a great capacity for love. I become determined to fight—for my survival, and for my borderline brothers and sisters.