The Buddha And The Borderline


My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, And Online Dating 

Author: Kiera Van Gelder

The Buddha and the Borderline  is a riveting, first-person account of one woman’s struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD) – a diagnosis some have called a psychiatric death sentence-and her eventual triumph over her symptoms through dialectical behavior therapy and Buddhist spirituality.

Kiera Van Gelder’s first suicide attempt at the age of twelve 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 twenty 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 reading for all seeking to understand what it truly means to recover and reclaim the desire to live.

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