Kimberlee Roth’s book Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds & Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem helped me a lot when I began exploring the possibility that my my mom had suffered from borderline personality disorder. Everything about it was calming. When I would stress about getting things “right,” I’d go back to this passage.
The bottom line is, you don’t have to be a credentialed clinician to recognize troublesome and unhealthy behaviors. The label or diagnosis isn’t the issue. If what you read resonates with your experience, and the exercises get you thinking about new ways to handle vexing belief systems and behaviors, we think you’ll benefit, regardless of a formal diagnosis (or lack of one).
Maybe my clinical diagnosis was off, I would think, but troublesome and unhealthy behaviors? Hand me a pen! We’ve got ’em! Kim’s book is filled with compassionate, big-hearted advice, and comfort.
I was so pleased that Kim provided a blurb for my book. Then even more pleased when she invited me to do a guest interview on her blog. Kim provided insightful, challenging questions for me to address.