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Remnants of a Life on Paper: A Mother and Daughter's Struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder Hardcover – January 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baroque Press (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985571810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985571818
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and very well worth reading.
D. Rizzo
Let's hope this book impacts those professionals who can make a positive difference in the way our society's mentally ill are cared for and treated.
Joanna
This is the story of a struggle--many struggles.
LIzalice

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William T. Cicio on October 29, 2013
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The format of the book is refreshingly different. Without Pamela's diaries we could never fully comprehend what she was struggling with in her life. With the mother and sister recounting what a borderline personality disorder is, we gain an insight into this horrible struggle. This was a difficult book to write but it was written with the hope that others fighting this terrible disorder may be correctly diagnosed and treated. Little is understood in the medical community concerning borderline personality disorder. Once read, this book is certain to alert the appropriate authorities to research this illness more fully and focus on the means necessary to address it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By avidreader on October 8, 2013
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As a mental health professional, I have learned more about BPD than I could have ever learned in a classroom or workshop. This book is not only a stirring look into the disease process but also into the heart and soul of beautiful young woman and her family battling this horrible mental illness. Pamela's pain and confusion is heartbreaking but I was also amazed by her insight into her own mind through her journaling, artwork and poetry. If there ever was a doubt as to why Pamela was in this world, it is becomes crystal clear as she reaches out to help many others understand the mental, physical and emotional toll of this disease as it ravages the lives of patients and their families. She has a truly courageous mother, who understood the message that Pamela needed to tell and, in the midst of her own pain, told this unforgettable story so others would understand the painful journey that engulfs both the patient and their family. This book is an incredible tribute to a truly amazing young woman who was taken too soon but whose message will live on. Her story also gives us a look into the fractured field of treatment for the mentally ill. These critically ill people are faced with a system that often lacks the resources, oversight and understanding of this disease process and the outcome for patients and families can be devastating.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By smm on October 1, 2013
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A story rarely told or discussed, this book reveals an honest, sad, and tragic account of both the patient and the family. Once you start to read it you cannot put it down. Anyone who has ever had a person suffering from depression, mental illness, or addiction in their own family will easily connect to the writers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on November 26, 2013
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A true story so compelling and well written that I empathized strongly with both mother and daughter and could only wish for a better outcome. Despite Pam's parents' relentless and extraordinary efforts to give her the best possible care at each stage of her illness, the system failed them all in so many ways. Let's hope this book impacts those professionals who can make a positive difference in the way our society's mentally ill are cared for and treated.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Brady on November 19, 2013
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It gave me a lot of insight about people with mental illness. You don't always realize how it not only effects the person with the illness but how the family is effected.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LIzalice on October 19, 2013
I have never read a book that was so filled with honesty. This is the story of a struggle--many struggles. It is told brilliantly -honestly and at the same time educates the reader about mental health issues and all the failures in our system. The mother and child both contribute to this book. 'Remnants of a Life on Paper" could be categorized under several topics. In my opinion, the main topic would be parenting. It's all about parenting---parenting under the most difficult situations you could imagine. I think this is a valuable book for all parents, whether or not your child is suffering from any type of disorder. It is just about impossible to put this book down once you begin to read it. It is compelling, powerful..and as I said before--it is told with real--very real feelings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Rizzo on December 15, 2013
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Touching, honest story, of one family's struggle with their BPD daughter. Written from the heart of Pamela's Mother and Sister, this book describes what many many others have lived through, yet were not able to put it on paper. Tears fell from my eyes throughout these pages. Even when Pamela was in her darkest times, she continued to speak of - and ask for help from- God. Well written and very well worth reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy S. Mitchll on October 29, 2013
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Excellent setup...easily readable ut very sad. I know the parents. Proud with Bea's efforts to enable others

Nancy S. Mitchell
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