I have always been fascinated by mental illness, developmental disorders, and personality disorders, and have read many books about the subject over the years. When I read I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me recently, I started to get more and more interested in Borderline Personality Disorder. Rachel Reiland’s memoir of living through – and recovering from – BPD was one of the books recommended to me on Amazon about the subject, so I had to pick it up.
With astonishing honesty, this memoir, Get Me Out of Here,reveals what mental illness looks and feels like from the inside, and how healing from borderline personality disorder is possible through intensive therapy and the support of loved ones. A mother, wife, and working professional, Reiland was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder at the age of 29–a diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and promiscuity. A truly riveting read with a hopeful message.
Reading this book hurt.
Reiland’s memoir is painful, powerful, and riveting. As I read, I felt as though I was watching a horrible accident in progress that I was powerful to stop.
Borderline Personality Disorder is the kind of illness that is as pervasive as it is hidden. It is estimated that most cases of BPD go undiagnosed, because the symptoms sometimes manifest in ways that end up giving the sufferers labels (jerk, slut, narcissist, manipulator, crybaby, etc.) instead of help.
As much as it hurt to read, it was absolutely eye-opening. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Borderline Personality Disorder. You may see traits of yourself or someone you love in this courageous woman.
I give this book five of five stars!
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