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Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder | [Rachel Reiland]

Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.
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Publisher's Summary

Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year-old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes - including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity. With astonishing honesty, Reiland's memoir reveals what mental illness feels like and looks like from the inside, and how healing from such a devastating disease is possible through intensive therapy and the support of loved ones.

©2004 Rachel Reiland (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    BEEJ Retired 2 Iowa 06-23-11
    BEEJ Retired 2 Iowa 06-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An Authentic Tale"

    As a long time psych nurse and someone with a close family member with the same disorder, I can vouch for the reality of this story and the havoc that is reaked upon both the person with the disorder, & the dysfunctional family whose insanity helped create the illness.
    I would have like to see it delve more into detail of her family of origin, but that probably is because I'm used to more details in my work. I imagine it's detailed enough for the average reader. I would definitely recommend this to anyone needing a better understanding of borderline personality disorder-especially family members & friends. It's quite informative without being technical. I give it an A++

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 03-26-12
    Susan United States 03-26-12

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    "May be worth the pain."
    Where does Get Me Out of Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Anyone diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Post Taurmatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will identify with the heroine as she struggles first to accept these new labels and then to fully participate in her treatment and recovery.

    The book is not particularly well written; not particularly well narrated; but, it is the only book I have found that offers a first-person account of living through the traumas, diagnoses and treatment of BPD & PTSD. It was painful to listen to and yet tremendously helpful in my own efforts to manage, treat and shed mental illness.

    If you suffer from mental illness or have a loved one who does AND can bear some graphic descriptions of sexual trauma (these are also very easy to skip) and mediocre writing, this book may be worth the read. Over and over I found myself saying,


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Knisley Bainbridge, OH, United States 09-07-11
    Knisley Bainbridge, OH, United States 09-07-11
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    "Insightful for those with an Interest in BPD"

    This book was insightful for those with an interest in BPD. It more or less outlines a specific individuals' path with borderline personality disorder and is by no means a book that gives advice or suggestions to assist someone else suffereing with this disorder. It did give me a feeling of 'I'm not alone in this'.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Magdalena San Diego, US, Canada 05-29-12
    Magdalena San Diego, US, Canada 05-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Mexican American Female living in California. Love to read BUT lack the time to indulge in a good read and so greatly enjoy audio books.

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    "Great read/listen period"
    What made the experience of listening to Get Me Out of Here the most enjoyable?

    The way the story was told. The point of view it was presented from and how generously candid the author was in expressing her experiences. Her honesty was brave and made this book so real, anyone dealing with BPD or living someone who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder will relate and enjoy this book immensely. I know I did and overall it gave our family something to look forward to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character and of course the therapist the repoir was perfect and drew me to both.


    What does Mazhan Marno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice was great at conveying the mood of the text and most of the time had me feeling like I was eavesdropping to a real conversation and not just listening to a book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it can only be listened to in pieces because it evokes such real feelings and thought from you as a listener.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful book wish more books were written from such experiences with this real feel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Chandler, AZ, United States 10-21-11
    Debora Chandler, AZ, United States 10-21-11
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    "Best Story on BPD"

    Thank you for sharing your story Rachel. I have much more compassion and knowledge about BPD because of you and can't thank you enough for your bravery in coming forward with the truth of your disorder. I'm amazed how you came through this and am so proud of you for the bravery you displayed and for who you are today.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Radford, VA, United States 04-10-11
    Graham Radford, VA, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Powerful story,amazing insight into psychoanalysis"

    This gripping story about a fragmented personality is a truly amazing insight into the workings, or failings, of the human mind and the psychiatrist who attempts to unravel the wounds and heal the very capable woman within. It is a fascinating glimpse into mental illness as few survivors can, or would, reveal in such embarrassing detail. It was a tremendous testament to the skilled psychiatrist who endured hours of verbal abuse from the "child" aspect of the woman and never lost patience or acceptance of this woman. He gently probed with leading questions, helping her to reveal events from the her painful past and achieving peace with them, and ultimately restoring her united identity. The patient was a very intelligent woman who had a herculean struggle with all of her metaphorical "demons," sometimes seeming that she might fail to conquer them and succumb to anorexia or suicide. The book is a powerful testimony to the need for mental health coverage, detailing as it did the years-long struggle in one-on-one therapy of this woman. It is no less a struggle than the chemotherapy of cancer patients or that of organ transplantation. This book would probably make a great play or movie.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Brisbane, Australia 05-23-11
    Felicity Brisbane, Australia 05-23-11
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    "Great buy"

    I bought this book to get some insight into the disorder prior to completing a course on BPD. I found her description of experiences such a wonderful background on which to base the academic studies I embarked on after listening to the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vail Dallas, TX, United States 07-05-13
    Vail Dallas, TX, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Riveting! Could not stop once I started listening!"

    Accurately describes the black and white thinking of someone with BPD in a way the lay person can understanding. Wish I had read this book before becoming a parent for the insight it gives to nurturing a child and offering unconditional love. Helped me to understand what I missed as a child and the dynamics of my family of origin. This story is not just for BPD; it is for anyone who wants the formula on how to turn their inner child into an healthy, fully functioning adult.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David DENVER, CO, United States 06-27-13
    David DENVER, CO, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Listening on the go!

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    "For those who need to know"

    I needed to learn more about this subject from someone who knows first hand. I liked the story and the reader did a fantastic job. If you know anyone with BPD this is a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    dbotello SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-04-13
    dbotello SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 06-04-13
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    "Wow, so open, honest, and tender..."
    What made the experience of listening to Get Me Out of Here the most enjoyable?

    I could relate to so much. It felt so good to be able to relate...I am so thankful that Rachel was wiling to share her story, because I learned a lot and could relate a lot, and it helps all of us, whether we also have borderline or not.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Get Me Out of Here?

    I loved reading about the sarcastic defendant transforming into a soft, caring, and loving adult.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh, cry, and completely empathize.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I've been through the four years of therapy with her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
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    "Touching, soothing and hopeful"

    For anyone going through BPD I can't recommend this enough. It helped me get in touch with my emotions and feelings around the condition - along with therapy. I think that was made possible by Rachel sharing her experiences in this book. The relief of actually being able to articulate the feelings, hearing someone else's story who has clearly experienced similar emotions and follow their route through it touched me in places I thought I'd lost years ago. Thank you for writing this book Rachel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "really good book! I never got bored of the story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Get Me Out of Here to be better than the print version?

    YES! The audio version is really good. I listen the entire book in one seat without loosing concentration. In fact I put off many people I didn't show interest in talking to because of the audio book I was listening. It was super interesting. ;)
    It should become a film.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Get Me Out of Here?

    The part where they say that some of us endure life rather than enjoy it. Very true!


    Have you listened to any of Mazhan Marno’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I heard Mazhan performance and I liked her very much. She reminded me the character of Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. The only part that annoyed me a little, was the voice of the Doctor. Some how reminded me the same dropped tone of voice with Sandra Bullock's in The Blind Side. I just wonder Why some people choose to speak like that? That particular tone of voice sound very forced and irritating. (sorry!) I guess it was a way to distinguish different characters in the story. In general she is terrific!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The little kids telling their mum that she is the best mum in the world. I cried!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mara
    Nr Penrith, United Kingdom
    1/29/11
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    "exhausting diatribe"

    I know this is a book that focuses on one woman's recovery from BPD. Trust me you will feel as if you too have undergone the rigorous therapy this woman undertook. I wish her well but in my humble opinion this is not a spectator sport.......

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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