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5 Books to Help You Cope With Your Personality Disorder

Friday, 17 March 2017 08:00  by Katrina L.

Books on borderline personality disorder and other mental health illnesses can help you learn how to cope with this mental illness. They can serve as an excellent resource for people trying to understand their mental illness. Reading a book written by people just like you can help you feel as though you’re not alone.

Here are a few highly recommended books on borderline personality disorder, along with books about bipolar disorder to help you understand and overcome difficulties:

“I Can’t Get Over It”

This book, by Dr. Aphrodite Matsakis, works to debunk the mysteries of trauma, including triggers and how to ward them off. Matsakis addresses trauma related to a multitude of events, including sexual assault and life-changing injuries, and discusses how addressing borderline personality disorder can help relieve the pain of these events.

After reading this book, you can expect to be familiar with the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and how to work toward managing them. This is one of the premier books about borderline personality disorder.

“How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me”

Susan Rose Blauner’s book is a raw account of a person with bipolar personality disorder. Although she discusses the chemical imbalances and the science behind borderline personality disorder, she also provides insight into coping skills. These coping skills include:

  • Learning how to respond to your brain
  • Having someone on speed dial to be there for you when things begin to take a turn
  • Developing a crisis plan to have on hand before a crisis arises, and sticking to it
  • Knowing when and how to ask for help
  • Learningto mindfulness and to contemplate
  • Keeping a journal
  • Attending support groups

“REPAIR Your Life”

In this book, Marjorie McKinnon provides you with a handy acronym to help you stay on track in managing your mental health issues. REPAIR stands for:

  • “Recognize and accept your adult problems stemming from childhood sexual abuse.”
  • “Enter into a commitment to transform your life.”
  • “Process your issues with tools and techniques that will enable you to become healthy.”
  • “Awareness to discover reality as you gather and assemble the pieces of the broken puzzle your life became.”
  • “Insight into the complete picture helps you begin to return to what you were prior to being sexually violated.”
  • “Rhythm recovers the natural rhythm you had before the incest happened, the blueprint that is the essence your true nature, becoming who you really are.”

Although the book primarily focuses on issues relating to childhood sexual abuse and trauma, there are a lot of coping mechanisms that can be applied to other mental health issues.

“Guide to Natural Mental Health: Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Digital Addiction: Nutrition, and Complementary Therapies”

In this book, William Jiang, MLS, provides succinct, to-the-point summaries about the entire gamut of mental illnesses. He also describes different treatments, including natural and holistic options, to help you begin to understand how to address your personality disorder.

“Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness”

This book, written by Jessie Close, can help you understand how to cope with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Close recounts the story of how her family, namely her sister, helped her build the inner strength she needed to overcome her barriers and live the life she envisioned for herself.

From this text, you can expect to better understand the importance of family and loved ones for your journey.

Start Your Journey to a Healthier You

Although reading is certainly a powerful tool for understanding and healing, you should consider taking your well-being a step further by taking time away to discover triggers and how to avoid them.

Brookhaven Retreat, a voluntary residential community exclusively for women, by women, has many resources to help you learn how to cope with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and a whole array of mental health difficulties. Call us today and start your journey of self-discovery and recover from the effects of mental illness.

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:57

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