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The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder
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Jul 28, 11

bookshelves: mental-illness, nonfiction-memoir, standalone
Read in November, 2010

This is by far one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Kiera has one of the mental illnesses that is most difficult for those who don't have it to understand and empathize with--Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Yet here she manages to make her pain and struggles incredibly relatable. From prior to her diagnosis when she would write boys letters in her own blood begging them to take her back, to treatment with Dialectical Behavior Therapy, to her gradual recovery and embracing of Buddhism. Throughout the book she also reaches out to her "Borderline brothers and sisters," letting them know that they are not alone. That their pain is real, but recovery is possible. An entirely engaging, thought-provoking read. I highly recommend it to everyone, but fans of memoirs and those interested in mental illness in particular.

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