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Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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I borrowed this book.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a complex, difficult to deal with and highly undiagnosed mental disease. While the idea of the unstable girlfriend or boyfriend is common enough to be a comedy (and horror) stereotype, this book explores a ver...
I borrowed this book.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a complex, difficult to deal with and highly undiagnosed mental disease. While the idea of the unstable girlfriend or boyfriend is common enough to be a comedy (and horror) stereotype, this book explores a very real disorder that might be behind the actions. And unlike many books on the topic, it focuses on the supporters, caretakers, or those who have been scarred by the actions of a BPD person.

This book is very clear, easy to read and includes a ton of resources for those struggling to handle the seemingly manipulative and contradictory (and sometimes outright dangerous) behavior of a BPD-afflicted person. Referrals to other books or related topics, online communities and loaded with anecdotes this book is a support itself, and practically screams "We understand. You are not alone." (Which those struggling sometimes need desperately to hear.)

It's not perfect, as it focuses more on identifying and explaining behaviors and the anecdotes mostly center on displaying situational BPD behavior, not on the coping side of the book. But it is a handy, comprehensive addition to mental health libraries or a useful guide for those trying to handle the effects of BPD. In fact this is an excellent place to start in a quest to both understand and recover from the damages that this emotionally crippling disease can cause.

posted by MicheleLeesBookLove on January 23, 2011

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely terrible book. It treats the BPD patient as a non-hum

Absolutely terrible book. It treats the BPD patient as a non-human, as well as makes generalizing statements about borderline patients. Not all BPD patients are guilty of manipulation and emotional abuse. In fact, that's not even a listed symptom in the DSM criteria. So...
Absolutely terrible book. It treats the BPD patient as a non-human, as well as makes generalizing statements about borderline patients. Not all BPD patients are guilty of manipulation and emotional abuse. In fact, that's not even a listed symptom in the DSM criteria. So why is there an entire book dedicated to, "Are you being emotionally abused? Maybe your loved one is borderline!" That's not how borderline works, and assigning labels to people who are harmful ends up hurting those who have these disorders and aren't guilty. Thanks to books like this, people with borderline are treated as sub-human trash. Thanks to books like this, there is stigma, which puts blame on victims and keeps them from seeking treatment.

posted by Meajora on January 22, 2014

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