Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline personality disorder accounts for almost 25 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations in this country. Lost in the Mirror takes readers behind the erratic behavior of this puzzling disorder, examining its underlying causes and revealing the unimaginable pain and fear beneath its surface.
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Overview

Borderline personality disorder accounts for almost 25 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations in this country. Lost in the Mirror takes readers behind the erratic behavior of this puzzling disorder, examining its underlying causes and revealing the unimaginable pain and fear beneath its surface.
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Editorial Reviews

Psychiatric Times
This is a book where empathic insights. clinical wisdom and therapeutic optimism will usefully inform anyone who is interested in understanding BPD patients. This book . . . is distuinguished by a dedicated effort to convey vividly and understandale a great deal about people with the disorder. Readers will be rewarded with welcomed appreciation.
— Tina Beychok
The Jerusalem Post
Moskovitz offers a coherent picture of this disorder as a distinct syndrome...the author conveys, in a very empathetic and touching way, his understanding of what it feels like to be borderline.
— Meir Winokur
Booklist
Moskovitz is especially adept with analogies, using everyday situations to clarify his points rather than just adorn the text. He imparts that while there is no drug just for BPD, some drugs help with specific symptoms, and he dispenses practical advice to family and professionals as well as patients.
Psychiatric Times - Tina Beychok
This is a book where empathic insights. clinical wisdom and therapeutic optimism will usefully inform anyone who is interested in understanding BPD patients. This book . . . is distuinguished by a dedicated effort to convey vividly and understandale a great deal about people with the disorder. Readers will be rewarded with welcomed appreciation.
The Jerusalem Post - Meir Winokur
Moskovitz offers a coherent picture of this disorder as a distinct syndrome...the author conveys, in a very empathetic and touching way, his understanding of what it feels like to be borderline.
Professional Counselor - Chris Dunn
Mention the word "borderline" and you're sure to see smiles fade and demeanors bristle. Lost in the Mirror [is] an excellent field guide into the exploration of this mysterious condition. Moskovitz views borderline personality disorder as being rooted in past trauma and closely linked to dissociation disorders. Together, the therapist and the patient embark on the task of discovering and sorting through these memories, piecing them together to form a sensible whole.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878332663
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 349,841
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    My Most Recommended Book For Borderlines

    I myself have been diagnosed with the borderline personality disorder (BPD) and as a result have lived most of my life crisis-oriented; experiencing a great deal of emotional pain. I tried everything imaginable to get better and yet nothing worked. My family sat down with me for long periods of time trying to get through to me. I went to many different counselors looking for some way out of this nightmare that I lived. As I listened to everyone it was like they were on a different planet speaking a different language. No one could understand me. Finally I got a copy of Dr. Moskovitz's book 'Lost in the Mirror,' I sat down and cried shortly into the first chapter. It was the very first time that someone understood me and not only that, it was as if the author had his arm around me through the entire book. Lost in the Mirror is so beautifully and gently written and it was also the first time that I realized that I was not miserable because I was a bad person which is what I had always thought. The magic of 'Lost in the Mirror' is the mixture of the tremendous clinical experience and knowledge the author has (he is up to date with the research), with his very gentle, warm and caring personality. People come to me all the time asking what book I recommend for borderlines and 'Lost in the Mirror' is it. In fact, it is also an excellent book to assist families in understanding the borderline their lives. I have heard from many family members how helpful this book has been for them. Dr. Moskovitz brings you right up to date with his second edition in regards to treatment. He discusses the latest about psychotropic medication, EMDR and DBT. As the webmaster of BPD Sanctuary since 1996, a person who has studied the research myself, someone who has spoken to many BPD specialists, to many borderlines and families in cyberspace, and a consumer myself, this is my most recommended book for borderlines. It is important to know that the BPD is treatable and that you can get better. I no longer meet the criteria for the BPD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    This book is very helpful!

    This book was one of the most helpful books. It definitly helps you if your in a situation and your not sure what to do. I'm a borderline recovering and have read a few books and this one definitly is one of the most helpful. I was having trouble with a relationship--being a borderline and all--so I looked up in the glossery and easily found the section that helped me get through it. I felt much better afterwards. Get this book if you are recovering. It will help!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    I am NOT BLPD:)

    I appreciated this book as follow up of therapy I recieved, having had a horrible real incident in my life occur, and having, during the course of a Social Security evaluation been improperly diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder. It took me a year to get up the courage to admit that if I was just a mentally ill person not able to deal with the chaos I was imagining, or creating in my life, I better face it, and get a therapist who helped me deal with not only the real injury to my life, and the following complete disability that followed, taking EIGHT years to learn to walk and talk well enough to get a job way down from my experience and education, and ELEVEN more years to get back some type of life resembling my own life and career, with all the doctors saying 'you won't make it, you are too injured', but ALSO the horror of a 'therapist' who was kind enough to make me think I was not really injured, just making it up in some way. What a nightmare. Part of my therapy was to research the diagnosis and realize 'THAT is not me'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    This Book Is a Gift to the World

    I discovered LOST IN THE MIRROR three weeks ago. For the first time in my life I am reading someone else's words about borderline and exclaiming, 'Yes, that is what I've had to deal with all these years!' Had I known about this book in 1998, I might not have overdosed for the third time. After seventeen years of therapy I now live a healthy life. Still, LOST IN THE MIRROR has things to teach me. Through it, I'm developing a deeper understanding of how and why I respond and react to intimate relationships with all-or-nothing thinking. I am learning about dissociation. To anyone living with borderline personality disorder, and their families and friends, please know that there is a way out. LOST IN THE MIRROR can help you find it. For anyone considering suicide, please know that help is available. I've taken my story and created HOW I STAYED ALIVE WHEN MY BRAIN WAS TRYING TO KILL ME: ONE PERSON'S GUIDE TO SUICIDE PREVENTION (also available at B&N).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Best book on subject

    The best on the topic tha i have read so far!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    Disappointed

    I'm looking for an easy read that explains my disorder so I can refer people in my life to it when I can't explain it well enough. This book is an easy read and compassionately written. I had higher hopes based on the reviews. Maybe I'm not enough of a textbook case. Much of the most common symptoms do not apply to me. I can't say I'd recommend this to other patients. It seems a little too focused on certain symptoms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Best Book Ever

    Best book I have come across for BPD it has helped me so much the author has such compassion for it and you can really tell!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    21/F with BPD

    I thought this was a well-written book. I thought it was very accurate in describing what we BPD people experience. It is so hard to get people without BPD to understand what it is like for us. It describes what BPD is, it's symptoms, possible treatment options and most of all perspective to a complicated disorder. I personally have had a hard time explaining and educating others about my disorder, such as my behaviors, even to psychologists that I now let them borrow my copy to read. They later tell me it was really helpful. Please, people with BPD and people without... read this book it is extremely helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    Psychiatrist

    I read this book and found it easy to read. I have recommended this book also for patients, many of whom have been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. My patients have found the book helpful & readable & helpful in outlining long term treatment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Excellent Update to the Original

    I am the webowner of the Mental Health Sanctuary and was delighted to read the updated version of this book. This book was instrumental in helping me to understand my wife and myself as well, as the two of us have this disorder. As a nurse little was taught about this disorder other than they were ¿difficult¿. This should be required reading for any working within the mental health community. There is a special section for people involved with those who have the BPD. I was very glad to see the new edition come out, as I believe it will clear up a lot of misunderstandings about treating this disorder. Since his first edition, new information has come out regarding treatment and Dr. Moskovitz brings you up to date. Dr. Moskovitz brings up the importance of medication in treating the BPD, which many books do not touch on.

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