Oh my goodness folks I don’t even know where to start with this one.
I have mentioned in past posts I have BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) Well so does the author of this book. Kelly South has given us an inside look at what it is like to live with BPD by sharing her journal entries as well as therapy notes from her sessions.
This is a short and pretty quick read but it is so very worth it, especially if you or someone you love suffers from BPD.
The way Kelly just exposes all of her flaws and dramatics is done with such genuine honesty, it’s refreshing. She seems to hold little to nothing back as she leads you into the mind of someone with BPD.
Kelly takes you on her 3-year journey through therapy after her latest failed suicide attempt and a diagnosis she isn’t really ready to accept and is definitely struggling to understand.
This very open look into the impulsive behaviors and dramatic thinking that will eventually lead to the self-destructive spiral had me feeling something with every page.
The journal entries really enlighten someone who doesn’t understand the thought processes of someone with borderline personality disorder.
The therapist’s notes really help someone struggling with mental illness because they contain some really amazing tools and insights.
I love that it is written this way, you just read the left side and have one experience and thennread the right and you find a completely different one.
2 very different perspectives on the same situation gave more insight than I was originally prepared for.
As someone who suffers from BPD, it was oddly comforting to see that although our actions weren’t always the exact same, the thought patterns and behaviors matched up scary good.
There is nothing quite like feeling seen and validated, especially because I have never really had a conversation with someone else who has BPD. I have always just had to take my shrink’s word for it that these are things most people with BPD struggle with.
If you know someone who suffers from BPD, this book may be able to help you see into the parts of BPD that your loved one can’t quite find a way to explain to you. It gives you an opportunity to see the world through the lenses of BPD.
I can’t recommend this book enough and have been doing so consistently since I finished it. So here I go one more time…read, Pay attention to me, you won’t regret it.
I would have done better, if I had known better.Kelly South, Pay Attention To Me