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This took me a while to get through. It is LONG- but in a good way. Rachel suffers from Borderline personality disorder. (BPD) is a serious mental disorder marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.
Some people with BPD also have high rates of co-occurring mental disorders, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, along with substance abuse, self-harm, suicidal thinking and behaviors, and suicide.
The narrator really captures the essense of the anger, anxiety, child-like whining with her tone and pitch. So much so- I was only able to listen to parts at a time. I have read MANY books on mental health, especially memoirs. This memoir really shows the reader what suffering from BPD is like. Some say it is life long and there is no "cure". I'd like to hear what Tony Robinns has to say about that! There is debate thoough. Some say people can recover from this disorder. SPOILER ALTER: Towards the end of the book Rachel asks Dr. Paget (her doctor), "Do you think I have borderline peronality disorder?" In which the doctor responds, "What do you think?"
The reader sees how Rachel can shift moods within minutes OR it may take weeks for her mood to change. And she can be triggered by seemingly ordinary events, thoughts or dreams. The reader follows her journey through therapy (correct me if I am wrong), around 4 years. Although the book takes the reader on an 8 and 1/2 year journey. The reader learns A LOT about this disorder-whether a real thing or not- it is something. And people suffer from it. I would HIGHLY recommend this book if you or a loved one, friend, or just someone you know has been labeled with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Her therapy was Psychoanalytic therapy based on the theory of personality organization and the dynamics of personality development that guides psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology. First laid out by Sigmund Freud in the late 19th century, psychoanalytic theory has undergone many refinements since his work. Psychoanalytic theory came to full prominence in the last third of the twentieth century as part of the flow of critical discourse regarding psychological treatments after the 1960s, long after Freud's death in 1939, and its validity is now widely disputed or rejected. Freud had ceased his analysis of the brain and his physiological studies and shifted his focus to the study of the mind and the related psychological attributes making up the mind, and on treatment using free association and the phenomena of transference. His study emphasized the recognition of childhood events that could influence the mental functioning of adults. His examination of the genetic and then the developmental aspects gave the psychoanalytic theory its characteristics.
Unfortunately, a lot of people still think psychoanalytic therapy is what THERAPY is. There are so many other types of therapy- Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy (which I think would have helped her better- but who knows? Maybe she needed to go through a long process.) There are many other types. Again-I would highly recommend this book. Her story is unique. But it will hit home with anyone who suffers from mental health- or knows someone who does.