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The Buddha and the Borderline

My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating
Auteur(s): Kiera Van Gelder
Narrateur(s): Carla Mercer-Meyer
Durée: 10 h et 26 min
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Kiera Van Gelder's first suicide attempt at the age of 12 marked the onset of her struggles with drug addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress, self-harm, and chaotic romantic relationships - all of which eventually led to doctors' belated diagnosis of borderline personality disorder 20 years later.

The Buddha and the Borderline is a window into this mysterious and debilitating condition, an unblinking portrayal of one woman's fight against the emotional devastation of borderline personality disorder. This haunting, intimate memoir chronicles both the devastating period that led to Kiera's eventual diagnosis and her inspirational recovery through therapy, Buddhist spirituality, and a few online dates gone wrong. Kiera's story sheds light on the private struggle to transform suffering into compassion for herself and others, and is essential listening for all seeking to understand what it truly means to recover and reclaim the desire to live.

©2010 Kiera Van Gelder (P)2017 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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Interesting and insightful

My sister asked me to read this book because she has BPD (although she has not been officially diagnosed and does not have it to the degree of the author). Nonetheless it was helpful to understand the disorder and how it affects ones life, and the lives of those around her. I also I found it insightful for my job as a social worker. An honest , eye-opening and endearing memoir. #Audible1

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Magnificent in every way

With illuminating honesty and humanizing wit, Van Gelder writes about her struggles to find relief from and overcome the suffering caused by Borderline Personality Disorder’s intense and seemingly-uncontrollable emotional storms; storms that erupt like coronal mass ejections, damaging relationships and constantly derailing one’s progress through life.

Kiera delivers an ocean of insight that will benefit anyone grappling with BPD or any mental health challenges. Her journey provides a fantastic roadmap that will inspire listeners to take action to improve their own lives.

The Buddha and the Borderline is an absolute masterpiece.

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A Beautiful, Honest Portrayal

I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook; a part of me is already missing it. Being with someone who is inflicted with the disorder, I appreciate the knowledge, experience, and detailed description provided in this book. It's like a little window into the borderline mind. I want to learn as much as I can about BPD, out of curiosity, and in an effort to understand my partner, and give them a life truly worth living. Thank you Carla for the wonderful narration and Thank you Kiera for sharing an important chapter of your life with all of us. Thank you

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  • 2019-09-02

I appreciate her vulnerability

I admire and respect the tenacity it takes to put one’s self out there with this kind of book! I honour this person’s story.

I also didn’t really enjoy the story so much... I connected with it in parts and I also found it challenging and ultimately not that enjoyable... I also have a BPD diagnosis, so I recognize how challenging ALL of this is. I found myself wanting to shout “can you stop blaming everyone else for your feelings and just OWN them and feel them!?” I realized (while listening to this) why other people have such a hard time empathizing with people who have these deep attachment wounds and trauma...

My enjoying this book in now way means I don’t honour and respect the vulnerability it takes to publish this memoir.

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for those living with BPD looking for answers

Most books on Borderline Personality Disorder are boring; they usually pump out the same marker traits in a different anecdotal way but leave you with a bleak outlook on your future. However, the way Kiera tells her story makes her more relatable than the character examples given in ‘I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me’ and her words are easy to digest in audio form. I found myself agreeing along with her analogies, pop culture references with her parts and her desires to be well emotionally. This is a great memoir to check out for those recently diagnosed, those looking to understand different therapy approaches to BPD and how to improve relationships with family, friends and loved ones.

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what a journey.

awesome insight into the relatable and extreme experiences of a lady with bpd in recovery

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  • Bob
  • 2017-10-31

Clarity for a parent

As the parent of a 14 year old with BPD. Kiera gave me a clear picture of whats going on inside my daughter and the hope DBT therapy may help! As well its opened my eyes on how to listen in a different way. Fingers crossed for my daughter and for Kiera.

Thank you Kiera my heart is with you as well.

R's Dad

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  • Stittsville Shopper
  • 2017-04-07

useful book

So much useful information in the first three quarters of the book. The last bit goes way off track.

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  • Brianna
  • 2019-10-20

Realistic

I have BPD and wow. The author seemed to have very low functioning BPD which I think really highlighted the internal struggle that people with this condition go through. At times, the story did move a bit slowly but I quite enjoyed the book and loved that the ending was optimistic but not unrealistic. Great memoir.

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  • Cecile B.
  • 2019-07-25

The best book on BPD i have read

A movie should be made out of this book. I love love love the book. The story is so well written with so much honesty and openness. The content and all the info shared in the book is ever so helpful. Really well done to you Kiera Van Gelder.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-13

Book Review

Loved it! Saw myself in this book, and a unique opportunity for healing as well.

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  • Kate Hamer
  • 2018-10-26

thank you for this book!!!!

it only took me a few days to hear this book. very moving and inspiring. thank you so much Kiera!!!

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  • troyohna
  • 2018-10-12

Excellent introduction and extremely well written

Such raw honesty with vivid details to really connect with readers, this book is a gift.

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  • Margie
  • 2018-10-04

Borderline personality disorder exemplified!

Cudos to the author! Great story. Entertaining and educational. A MUST read for anyone effected with borderline personality disorder.

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  • Anne
  • 2018-09-02

I was diagnosed

I was hospitalized and diagnosed in the hospital. When I came out I saw this book online doing research for myself so I bought it softcover and followed along while listening on here. It helped me a lot coming to rearms with bit all. Thank you

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  • margaret
  • 2018-07-22

The Path to Order in Life

Lots of questions to start off. Through the book most were answered, all but the ones I need to ask myself. Is living with serenity and being translucent to myself worth it? My recommendation read this book. You’ll possibly learn what the read experienced and be able to identify your own answered to the issues you have or someone you know are dealing with.

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