- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Verona Publishing Inc. (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966703766
- ISBN-13: 978-0966703764
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Putting the Pieces Together: A Practical Guide to Recovery From Borderline Personality Disorder Paperback – 2004
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Whether you've been diagnosed, you recognize yourself in the criteria or someone has suggested to you that you might suffer from BPD, this book is a definite 'must-have' in your library as you work toward achieving a healthier, happier lifestyle. Putting The Pieces Together is a practical guide to recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder by teaching the reader how to achieve healthy, happy living. While the book is primarily geared toward helping a person living with BPD, anyone may benefit from the simple but effective techniques offered. This book is quite unlike any other currently on the shelves. While there are some truly wonderful sources available to Borderlines, most are written by professionals in the mental health field and offer only a clinical, impartial understanding of the disorder. Putting The Pieces Together is the first book of its kind to offer both sides of the coin. As it dissects the diagnostic criteria of BPD, it also explores the psyche of a Borderline from an insider's perspective to which those who suffer from the disorder can genuinely relate. Putting The Pieces Together is an ideal 'how to' book that will serve as your companion during your journey to mental health, stability and happiness offering support and reassurance along with some of the most practical and easy-to-learn coping techniques that will get you through just about any situation you might encounter.
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Right now, I'm overseas so I had to spend extra money just to get it shipped over and I am not regretting it one bit.
This book is like having your own sponsor.
Every time you pick it up you'll probably learn from it.
Each time I get weary of what I'm doing or how I'm handling things, I just open this book up at any page and find something helpful.
It is direct and easy to follow and has lots of material that you can use. It also has good tips as how to go about carrying on with the people around you and not just yourself, the BP.
I have BPD and I wouldn't call it mild so I'm not sure how worse the condition has to be for me not to appreciate this book as I've seen a review saying something similar. But for me, someone who's way abroad where it is hard to get any help, it has been a life saver and so insightful.
Also, I do believe it is important to keep things simple and on a routine. This is a book that keeps to those beliefs and if you think you may have or someone you know is going through a personality disorder, this really could help get you out of the fog.
Readers, you can get this book at bpdrecovery dot com. for about $22 right now. That website is dedicated to this book, too, and there's a lot of free advice and guidance, including a forum (which I haven't checked out yet) they talk about. :-)
Edit: so, several months after having written this review, I see that the prices of $444 and $136 have been replaced by prices more in the range of the source I wrote into my review. Hahahaha take that profiteers ...
"Putting The Pieces Together" is meant to be a primer, a foundation to help YOU lead the life YOU want to lead! No commandments, no prescriptive living regimens, no "follow this plan to a healthy life in seven quick days" - just some basic tools to help you lead your life in a recovery-oriented, healthy, happy way.
The book is indeed written in easy-to-understand terms, much the way "The Angry Heart" talks with the reader instead of at the reader as many cold, clinical texts tend to do. As the author, I contained personal anecdotes mostly to the prologue and optional chapter (my life history that could be skipped entirely without losing any value from the remainder of the book) so that the reader has the ability to feel like we've just met for coffee or are chatting on the phone. My role was not to preach or direct. My role was not to say "Here's my story in all of it gore and glory." My role, in writing Putting The Pieces Together, was to say "this worked for me, and I've seen it working for hundreds of others, here are some basics that helped the process, hopefully they'll work for you as well."
Those who will gain the most from "Putting The Pieces Together" are those who have declared - to themselves - that they indeed want to live a healthy, happy life! Without that personal commitment, the book is just words on paper.
If you have tried to read the clinical texts only to get frustrated by the lack of warmth, compassion or understandable words, give "Putting The Pieces Together" a try.
If you have read intense emotional accounts of those who've gone through their own, deeply personal process of recovery and have been left thinking "Well, that's great for this author but that doesn't get ME any further along the road to recovery!" give "Putting The Pieces Together" a try.
If you have read books written by mental health professionals trying to describe what it's like to recover from Borderline Personality Disorder and didn't find the "Yes, this person really understands how the Borderline mind works!" give "Putting The Pieces Together" a try.
The concepts discussed in "Putting The Pieces Together" seem easy at first. (In fact, laughably easy to some.) Reading & understanding the words and living them are two different things. It takes a very strong person to work through Borderline Personality Disorder, to actually bring order to their personality, to achieve Healthy, Happy Living ... or recovery. <u>I believe that everyone who reads, understands and lives the principles in "Putting The Pieces Together" has the capacity to reach recovery from BPD</u>.
I have read other books about "BPD" and find them to be lacking as far as offering guidance, resources and insightful information. This book (along with it's website) has been a godsend for me, my family, and those close to me. I give it a big 5 stars and recommend it highly!
Most of all, this book offers hope and answers, not just questions and data. A bonus to the book is the web site at [...] and the peer support offered by the discussion board. If you'd like to read a book with the potential to change your life by helping you find the path to happy, healthy living, then READ THIS ONE. If you are ready to take responsibility and move forward with your life, no matter what your diagnosis or your symptoms, then READ THIS BOOK. If you need to hear that recovery from BPD is possible, then READ THIS BOOK. It's that simple.