Buddha & the Borderline

The Buddha and the Borderline

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

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.


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects more than ten million Americans, yet the disorder is still shrouded in mystery and stigma. Only recently have treatments like dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) been developed for this “incurable” condition that causes chaotic and unstable moods, self-injury and/or suicide attempts, and reckless, impulsive behavior.

In the fascinating memoir The Buddha and the Borderline, Kiera Van Gelder chronicles her struggles and eventual recovery from BPD after twenty years of receiving numerous other diagnoses and ineffective treatments. Kiera offers an intimate look into her arduous struggle to gain control over her emotions and reclaim her life through DBT, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and Buddhism.


Purchase at “The Buddha and the Borderline:My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating.”

You can also visit her at
www.kieravangelder.com.


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Now an international advocate and educator, Kiera reveals how the combination of education, support, treatment, and spirituality taught her to transform such BPD symptoms as selfdestruction, self-hatred, and anger into a compassionate kinship with all human beings. The reader will come away not only with an understanding of what recovery involves, but with the belief that recovery is possible for anyone willing to learn and grow.

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