Tara's Reviews > The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating

The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder
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Nov 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: mental-illness, biography-memoir

I really liked this memoir, she provides an honest account of BPD, the severe pain, the emptiness and the struggle. But unfortunately I already had knowledge of DBT and the theories behind it, so her discussion of those was irritating for me, but I can understand this background was important for the book, especially for someone who is trying to educate others.

I loved that this book finished hopeful, but not yet complete, that she had made significant progress, but also still had a long way to go, it was refreshing, because that is the truth of most mental illness, and of life, nothing ever goes smoothly and you rarely get the neat ending you hoped for. Nevertheless, this book provides hope. I will definitely be rereading this again.

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