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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1 edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592850995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592850990
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Touted as the only book of its kind, this is a firsthand account of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). An accountant and mother of three, Reiland (a pseudonym) tells the poignant story of her life, which included all-too-familiar episodes of anorexia, promiscuity, impulsiveness, suicide attempts, institutionalization in a mental hospital, and often unrelenting, anger-intensive, violent, and unpredictable behavior. This is not intended as a text for treatment but a story of how one person lived with and overcame an affliction that many professionals view as untreatable. What results is a gripping, fast-paced narrative that's often hard to put down and will no doubt inspire sufferers and caretakers to march on. It is a story based on stark reality and hope, much like Steve Hamilton's I Want My Life Back. Recommended for all public and academic libraries as a complement to treatment guides like Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Straus's I Hate You, Don't Leave Me. Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information. (Library Journal)

About the Author

Rachel Reiland is a wife, a mother of three, and an accountant who is recovering from anorexia and borderline personality disorder. The author's name is a pseudonym

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I am Rachel Reiland, the author of Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder. I wrote this book immediately after a therapeutic and spiritual journey that transformed my life forever. I have decided to speak out now because it has been over a decade since I terminated therapy and the recovery has been genuine and lasting. Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental illness with a high rate of inpatient hospitalization and suicide--the inner rage which drives it leads to many self-destructive behaviors, such as anorexia, substance abuse, cutting and turbulent relationships.

Borderline Personality Disorder is not exactly a diagnosis the sufferer wants to shout from the rooftops. For those unfamiliar with its symptoms, even the name implies terrible things. For those who are familiar, the diagnosis carries even worse connotations. Many therapists refuse to treat those with BPD, even more believe it cannot be treated.

That's why I am coming out publicly to share my story, to speak openly of a mental illness suffered by a growing number of Americans. Over 6 million have been clinically diagnosed with BPD, but many millions more never seek the help or get the diagnosis. The feelings that fuel BPD are increasingly common. I am willing to stand up and say that yes, lasting healing can take place and, in my case, has taken place--that, with love and faith, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

I am currently doing radio interviews across the country, have begun posting on blogs, and have created a new website,

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This book helped me find hope and also helped me to understand myself much better.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with BPD or anyone who loves someone with BPD!
A Real Purrson
I'm thankful for "Rachel" wherever she is for sharing her story and giving me hope!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

220 of 224 people found the following review helpful By "theseabetweenus" on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Rachel Reiland's deep, unflinching account of her psychotherapeutic journey from borderline personality disorder and anorexia to the wholeness that lay ahead is an absolute must-read for those with BPD and their loved ones.
While Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs (generally touted as the most effective means of treating BPD) approach BPD symptomatically, Reiland's first person observations of healing BPD from the inside out give amazing insight into the fundamental developmental rift that creates "borderline behavior" -- an unmistakable inner rift that those with BPD will resonate strongly with as they read Rachel's book.
As well written as it is honest, this book stands alone in the body of BPD literature in its earnest and encouraging presentation of recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder and the recovery process.
While most may not be able to afford the therapy that Rachel was privileged enough to undergo (three sessions per week with her psychiatrist for the first two years or so), the insights gained into the illness and the healing process will undoubtedly benefit those with BPD who are ready to recover.
**If you are under the care of a therapist, I would recommend asking or apprising your therapist before you begin reading, as some of the content may trigger emotional reactions.**
If you have a loved one suffering from BPD, this book will give you a glimpse of how deep BPD truly is, and how much hope there is if your loved one truly wants to be healed.
Visit [...] or [...] for more information on Borderline Personality Disorder. Also recommended (and available here) are Linehan's Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder and Mason & Kreger's Stop Walking On Eggshells.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on December 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is like stepping into the family of a person with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is not always a pleasant place to visit, it can be very painful. I would assume that most people who would choose this book do so because of some personal connection to BPD. To watch Rachel and her family struggle through her illness and recovery can touch 'almost' too close to home. But, you find yourself hoping for them all.
Rachel is a storyteller, and this book is written in a beautiful and very readable style. The clinical information that is presented as part of the story is palatable because it is so well ingrained into the actual storyl.
Someday soon I am going to take the time to write a long letter to Rachel Reiland, and to Randi Kreger ("Stop Walking on Eggshells."} These two women have put a tremendous amount of time and energy into giving us all a better understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder.
If you've taken the time to read this review, then I strongly suggest you read Ms Reiland's book. I hope that you find it to impact your own life in the strong, positive way that it impacted mine.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Carmichael on January 14, 2011
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I had been looking for the perfect book to read to help me with my ever increasing struggles with borderline personality. I had read the "self help" books and the books that tell the symptoms accurately, and in depth, but what I wanted this time was a book written by someone like me, in hopes of feeling less alone. When I was reading the reviews for this book, I found many of them that said the book was "inspirational" and everything like that, and then I read reviews that said it was "simplistic" and "reiterated points over and over", and I wasn't sure if I should even bother.

After getting the book for free, I decided there was no reason not to at least read it.

The book starts off as described by negative reviews: simplistic. Symptoms of borderline that everyone with borderline sees in themselves were laid out in plain language and not presented in any way that can't be found in the vast "self help" books. At this point, I started to become disappointed and afraid that the book was going to be a waste of time.

As the book progresses, Rachel becomes worse, she finds herself, although in recovery, lashing out in ways she never imagined and hurting everyone around her. There were times that I read the book and I found myself hating her, and worse, I hated myself.

And then, as Rachel finds herself becoming sucked in to the depths of her disorder, and getting out of control, layers and layers of broken coping mechanisms that had appeared nothing more than abusive, manipulative and selfish reveal the true nature of the borderline personality: never ending fear of being forever alone and unlovable.
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113 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Traci on June 13, 2005
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I have read all the reviews on this book, and was dismayed to read comments like: I cannot stand to see her lash out at all the people that have hurt her, or, self serving??? Do you people know what its like to have something you never asked for? She was abused!! The fact that she lashed out at others doesn't make it right, its a reality. And if someone had helped when she was growing up, she would not have any problems. This book is painfully real, obviously detailed accounts. It takes a courageous woman to face her demons. I have been abused horribly, in my childhood and adult years, and nothing upsets me more that to hear someone say "She's got PROBLEMS!" duh you think??? Rachel goes a long way to show how bad it can get before it gets better and I applaud her for sure. Mental illness is a ILLNESS and I think people forget that. This book is a 10 star in my review. Don't get me wrong, its no excuse to treat others badly for sure. But keep in mind, she DID get help.

Hats off to you Rachel! And keep up the good work.
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