By Pat Engebrecht. This book is a compilation of Pat’s daughter LauraJo’s journals. It chronicles her ongoing battle with Borderline Personality Disorder, which ended with her suicide on January 1, 1987. When LauraJo was diagnosed, in the 70’s/ early 80’s, BPD was very much a “wastebasket diagnosis” with no hope of recovery. It wasn’t until later that Dr. Marsha Linehan created Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or DBT, which may have saved LauraJo.
I hope that by reading this book and spreading awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder and DBT, that LauraJo’s death will not have been in vain. If you are in recovery from BPD, like I am, you will feel her pain and hopelessness right along with her as you read her words. But I hope that you will also feel hope that others may not have to suffer like she did, because there is treatment available today. We need to make Dialectical Behaviour Therapy more accessible.
I thank Pat for writing this book. Thank you for bringing BPD to everyone’s attention. I’m sure that LauraJo would be proud!