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Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,628 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year-old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes - including bouts of anorexia, ...more
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I thought about not putting this on my reviews, because my penchant for mental health recovery memoirs is getting embarrassing, but -- this one was really good. Not falling into the fallacy of the "moment I was saved" nor falling into the "but I was a victim of my bad brain chemistry/ abusive childhood," Reiland narrates rather unemotionally what it takes to get from crazy to sane. In her case what it took was a loving, patient partner, a committed, ethical therapist who didn't buy into the heal ...more
I guess this is why there aren't many memoirs written on Borderline Personality Disorder. This book was hard to read; Reiland being entirely unlikeable and frustrating for the majority of it. However, it was written fairly well and it did end on an uplifting and inspiring note.

Besides Reiland constantly pissing me off which began in the first quarter of the book when her therapist "threatened" to send her to a state psych ward and she in turn wrote a horrid little paragraph of how rotten that wo
Doan Huong
“What is it like to have Borderline Personality Disorder?” It is like having a different person inside you whom you have subconsciously neglected for a long time.

It is true that I have Borderline Personality Disorder. It is true that I have been gone through what Rachel had suffered: self-destructive thoughts and actions, depression, abuse, manipulation, black and white thinking, hatred, and disintegrated personality. Tiredness, emptiness, chaos, and intense passion, I’ve had them all.

This was probably the best book I have ever read on Borderline Personality Disorder. Told from the perspective of someone diagnosed with it, it did not pull any punches and gave a very honest, revealing look at what the disorder is like for the sufferer and for those around him/her. Best of all, it went into great detail about the relationship between therapist and patient that eventually led to the CURE. BPD is commonly called the "garbage ground" of psychiatric disorders - professionals do not ...more
Among the ideas from this book that are likely to stay with me:

"For all these years, you’ve lived under the illusion that, somehow, you made it because you were tough enough to overpower the abuse, the hatred, the hard knocks of life. But really you made it because love is so powerful that tiny little doses of it are enough to overcome the pain of the worst things life can dish out. Toughness was a faulty coping mechanism you devised to get by. But, in reality, it has been your ability to never
I read this book having been recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder myself. To begin with, I was honestly unsure whether I wanted to read it, incase it made me feel worse about my diagnosis. However, since it was about someone's "recovery", I thought that it would be worth reading, in the hope it may inspire me.

For the first 300 pages or so, I didn't like it. It was one of those books that I didn't want to continue reading, but I couldn't put down. I couldn't bear to think that
Christine Olson
Realistic, hopeful, compassionate, and validating....Good read for anyone who has loved and/or lived with someone who struggles with Borderline PD inclinations or anybody who has BPD. Its autobiographical nature prompted me to feel more empathic for (and forgiving of) those with BPD, but alsomade me more keenly aware of the need for establishing clear limits or boundaries as a means of establishing healthy, enduring connections with family members, friends and co-workers who have BPD tendencies. ...more
Jun 28, 2007 Debra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in psychology/clinical work
I found this to be a very compelling memoir by a woman who had successful therapy for borderline personality disorder, a disorder that is frequently stigmatized and thought to be "untreatable." As someone training to be a clinical psychologist--but largely unfamilar with BPD--I found this a very good book from which to learn more about the disorder in general and about a particularly powerful therapeutic relationship between Rachel and her therapist.
Unfortunately there was a gap between my reading this on a long, half-focused plane ride and my managing to find the time to sit down and write a review. Also regrettably, there was an even longer gap between my reading of this book and my reading of The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating, which would have been a great compare-and-contrast. Like Kiera Van Gelder, Rachel Reiland writes a raw ...more
Fascinating story about the years long struggle to overcome Borderline Personality Disorder. A case study for the validity of Attachment Theory.
Hannah Wingfield
Mental health memoirs have been one of my favourite (sub?) genres for at least a decade now, but this is only the second I have read that specifically addresses Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I’ve always been more than a little cynical about whether mental health diag-nonsenses (to paraphrase Girl, Interrupted, which is of course the other book I have read on BPD) are nothing but a label for a set of symptoms – after all, unless you can pinpoint a condition as having one underlying cause ...more
I was recommended this book by a friend at uni. We're all student psychologists and are obviously fascinated by everything to do with mental health.

Add to this the fact that I currently work with a young man with BPD, and I couldn't wait to read this one.

I enjoyed this book, I really liked hearing about the individual experience of BPD, from her perspective, rather than more externally as if from a text book, I thought it was a great way to show people what it's really like, that it's an experi
One woman's journey of taking personal responsibility for her own healing from a mental disorder and the therapist who treated her with psychotherapy, drugs and unconditional love.

So many relationships are ruined through untreated addiction and mental illness. This story of courage and personal responsibility shows all of us another way.

The words “mental illness” are scary words. What I remember from the film on mental illness we watched in junior high health class was the shock treatments those
Jenifer Rune
This was another one to add to my "mental health memoir" obsession. I've had my eye on it for a while, feeling like I should read it, but not quite sure I had the fortitude to follow through. Mental health memoirs can be painful - not just because of the content, but also because the ways that people frame their experience. Sensationalism abounds - memoirs about Borderline Personality tend to emphasize just how "crazy" the author once was, seemingly in order to appeal to the "normal" masses . Fo ...more
Ellie [The Empress]
Jul 24, 2013 Ellie [The Empress] rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with some interest in BPD and mental problems and memoirs
4.75 | No Spoilers

The following quote is from the epilogue of the book and it speaks about it in general terms.

Tempting as it may be to draw one conclusion or another from my story and universalize it to apply to another's experience, it is not my intention for my book to be seen as some sort of cookie-cutter approach and explanation of mental illness, It is not ab advocacy of any particular form of therapy over another. Nor is it meant to take sides in the legitimate and necessary debate withi
A harrowing tale of one of the worst illnesses that can strike any human being, Reiland's account strikes me as accurate--I dated a BPD once--but it fails a bit in terms of literature. It is a fairly quick read that is often as compelling as the best novels, has a very powerful emotional affect on its readers, yet manages just as often to be a bit tedious and dull (which may just be a part of the pathology). The repetitive pattern of anger and violent outbursts and self-loathing became a bit too ...more
This book opens a lot of doors to a better understanding of what exactly a Borderline Personality Disorder is. The author lets the reader in on her private life, reveals her struggles, the good, the bad and the ugly. You learn how a wife and a mother deals with a mental illness and how it can be cured. When you are reading that amazing story you feel like you are really there, like you are really going thru it. She could not have been anymore open with her struggles than in this book.
This book i
Sep 23, 2008 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in psychology
Recommended to Patricia by: Fred Miller
I read it when it was titled "I Shouldn't be here." Good journal through her psychiatric journey with an adroit analyst who did what shrinks used to do and still should do; talked, listened, and didn't depend on her taking medications to fix her problems. very old school psychoanalysis. loved that part of it.
she really told all....all the embarassing and awful shit; i'm sure the book helps lots of people who feel as she did.
Jun 27, 2011 Jeannie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has or knows someone with this disorder
Recommended to Jeannie by: Alexandra Simpson
This is a very heartfelt and deeply personally written book. I struggled through the middle of it though, it felt like she wasn't making any progress and I found that painful. This is probably the best book I've ever read on Borderline Personality Disorder. I found it fascinating, scary and enlightening all at the same time.
An interesting memoir of a woman diagnosed with BPD who undergoes three years of psychodynamic therapy. It also includes some integration of spiritual resources. It's a revealing story of a disorder usually regarded as hopeless. At the same time, I'd be lying if her diagnosis didn't color my reading of the book.
Sep 02, 2007 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a personal view of Borderline Personality Disorder
This was a compelling and real book. I learned why I sometimes do the things I do, but more importatnly I learned that I could overcome mental illness.
I liked this for 2 reasons. One, the therapist was really good. Two, it shows that people who are severely mentally ill have hope and can change.
Amy Arsenault
I usually try to avoid reading any reviews of a book before actually delving into the book but from the very first page I had a bad taste in my mouth that I couldn't quite put my finger on so I read some of the reviews around here. I think I finally figured it out- From the very start she sounded like she was trying to play the victim card way too hard and just seemed completely bitter and sarcastic in the worst way possible. I have BPD too and I have had many many problems in my life caused by ...more
I can't believe why there isn't too much criticism to this book, as having BPD myself, this is painful to read.

First of all, the title, "My RECOVERY from BPD"? I'm pretty damn sure people with BPD can't possibly "recover" from it, it's part of who we are and we somehow learn to live with it.

It is a memoir, but an awful one, through the entire book, it described how she coped her mental "problems" by going to mental hospital, talk to therapist and finally 'recover' from it, sorry this just seems
heartaching memoir that resembles the life of many people around us...
considering the dysfunctional families and the story of being brought up in such conditions is almost a typical scenario for most of the familes.
I wept a lot reading through this book, for I was able to read through my own childhood on many occasions.
the parts related to how she used to view God is very similar to my vision, though until now I haven't made real peace with him. my realization to matters didn't reach that state
2.5 stars. I like reading memoirs, and mental health ones are my favorite, because of my background in mental health nursing. While Rachel's therapy is unconventional treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder today, one certainly can't dispute its efficacy in her case. Her story kept me interested, although I admit to skimming portions that dealt with therapy almost verbatim, particularly the ones describing her dreams in detail. Her self-involvement at times became tedious to the point wher ...more
Janet Morris
Get Me Out of Here is a brilliantly written book about Rachel Reiland's struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder. Reiland does a great job of verbally expressing the pain and anger that this disorder caused her, as well as helping to explain why she developed the disorder (her childhood experiences). Some may be shocked by the intensity of her anger and outbursts, but one must keep in mind that these outbursts are just a sign of her problems with BPD. She was lucky that she had an understa ...more
Selen Opcin
A fascinating first person account of what it feels like to have BPD, where it comes from (a less than ideal childhood, where else), and most wonderful of all, how the author recovered from it. I always wonder how people can write such detailed accounts of their suffering, because clearly while they are suffering, they are not thinking about writing a book when they recover, as recovery seems all but impossible. Answer: the author used to write down her thoughts as a way of catharsis, and she ke ...more
A great depiction of what life can be like for someone with borderline personality disorder from a first person perspective. When we are taught about personality disorders as social workers, we get the clinical discription of the behavior and not a true depiction of what that experience is like for the person going through it. This is a real honest depiction of one woman's struggle with BPD. When reading it I felt a real sense of empathy for what she went through to overcome it. I think this is ...more
Claudia Putnam
This is a well written account of what it feels like to be borderline and one way out. I found it really gripping most of the way through. I am giving it 4 stars because I think it's a really important topic and it's well executed. I didn't finish the book--it got to a point where it was clear where she was going and also it was more of the same. HOWEVER, I benefitted enormously from reading the first 2/3, and I'd think the relentlessness of the narrative would be helpful to those who are border ...more
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“You survived by seizing every tiny drop of love you could find anywhere, and milking it, relishing it, for all it was worth. And as you grew up, you sought love, anywhere you could find it, whether it was a teacher or a coach or a friend or a friend's parents. You sought those tiny droplets of love, basking in them when you found them. They sustained you. For all these years, you've lived under the illusion that somehow, you made it because you were tough enough to overpower the abuse, the hatred, the hard knocks of life. But really you made it because love is so powerful that tiny little doses of it are enough to overcome the pain of the worst things life can dish out. Toughness was a faulty coping mechanism you devised to get by. But, in reality, it has been your ability to never give up, to keep seeking love, and your resourcefulness to make that love last long enough to sustain you. That is what has gotten you by.” 78 likes
“I couldn’t trust my own emotions. Which emotional reactions were justified, if any? And which ones were tainted by the mental illness of BPD? I found myself fiercely guarding and limiting my emotional reactions, chastising myself for possible distortions and motivations. People who had known me years ago would barely recognize me now. I had become quiet and withdrawn in social settings, no longer the life of the party. After all, how could I know if my boisterous humor were spontaneous or just a borderline desire to be the center of attention? I could no longer trust any of my heart felt beliefs and opinions on politics, religion, or life. The debate queen had withered. I found myself looking at every single side of an issue unable to come to any conclusions for fear they might be tainted. My lifelong ability to be assertive had turned into a constant state of passivity.” 48 likes
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