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Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder [Paperback]

Richard A. Moskovitz
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1 Mar 2001
Borderline personality disorder accounts for almost 25 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations in this country. Lost in the Mirror takes readers behind the erratic behavior of this puzzling disorder, examining its underlying causes and revealing the unimaginable pain and fear beneath its surface.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878332669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878332663
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book where empathic insights. clinical wisdom and therapeutic optimism will usefully inform anyone who is interested in understanding BPD patients. This book ... is distuinguished by a dedicated effort to convey vividly and understandale a great deal about people with the disorder. Readers will be rewarded with welcomed appreciation. -- Tina Beychok Psychiatric Times Moskovitz is especially adept with analogies, using everyday situations to clarify his points rather than just adorn the text. He imparts that while there is no drug just for BPD, some drugs help with specific symptoms, and he dispenses practical advice to family and professionals as well as patients. Booklist Moskovitz offers a coherent picture of this disorder as a distinct syndrome...the author conveys, in a very empathetic and touching way, his understanding of what it feels like to be borderline. -- Meir Winokur The Jerusalem Post Mention the word "borderline" and you're sure to see smiles fade and demeanors bristle. Lost in the Mirror [is] an excellent field guide into the exploration of this mysterious condition. Moskovitz views borderline personality disorder as being rooted in past trauma and closely linked to dissociation disorders. Together, the therapist and the patient embark on the task of discovering and sorting through these memories, piecing them together to form a sensible whole. -- Chris Dunn, PhD Professional Counselor

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing 14 Aug 2005
Having read this book I finally left behind the feeling of being alone in my thoughts and fears. I had been Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder 6 months befroe reading this book and it gave me a great insight into myself and comfort. I highly recomend anyone who has borderline Personality Disorder or who is trying to support someone with BPD to read this book. It is an easy and intersting read which isn't full of medical jargon and will without a doubt bring the reader a little clarity if not more
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Most Recommended Book for Consumers 16 Mar 2002
I am the webowner of "Borderline Personality Disorder Sanctuary". I myself have been diagnosed with the borderline personality disorder (BPD) and as a result have lived most of my life crisis-oriented; experiencing a great deal of emotional pain.
I tried everything imaginable to get better and yet nothing worked. My family sat down with me for long periods of time trying to get through to me. I went to many different counselors looking for some way out of this nightmare that I lived.
As I listened to everyone it was like they were on a different planet speaking a different language. No one could understand me.
Finally I got a copy of Dr. Moskovitz's book "Lost in the Mirror." I sat down and cried shortly into the first chapter. It was the very first time that someone understood me and not only that, it was as if the author had his arm around me through the entire book.
Lost in the Mirror is so beautifully and gently written and it was also the first time that I realized that I was not miserable because I was a bad person which is what I had always thought.
The magic of "Lost in the Mirror" is the mixture of the tremendous clinical experience and knowledge the author has (he is up to date with the research), with his very gentle, warm and caring personality.
People come to me all the time asking what book I recommend for consumers and "Lost in the Mirror" is it. In fact, it is also an excellent book to assist families in understanding the borderline their lives. I have heard from many family members how helpful this book has been for them.
Dr. Moskovitz brings you right up to date with his second edition in regards to treatment. He discusses the latest about psychotropic medication, EMDR and DBT.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Having been recently diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a few years back now. I was desperate to find out what that meant about me as a person and what was instore.
This book is a great start to finding more indepth information.
It's not an overwhelming book with Doctors or Pychiatrists talk, it's written with the reader in mind.
I have passed this book on to friends to read so they can better understand me to.
A very good investment, it made a world of difference for me, I found myself saying 'yeah i thought that too' or' I know that feeling'
This book could be more valuable in the early stages of recognition than therapy.
A small price to pay for pricless information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How many angels has this book rescued? 5 Sep 2009
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This is one of those easy flow books that is accessible for many viewpoints including professionals and especially those lost within the symptoms of BPD but who do not know how to describe what they are experiencing and are very much alone. It also goes on to describe the usual steps in treatment such as group therapy, drug therapy and hospitalisation with some mention of new innovative therapies: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy).

An unexpected encounter is the threaded narrative of a condensed case history that completes each brief chapter. This has the effect of easing the absorption of much of the material that is presented. At times, the human message left me somewhat sad at the tortuous life that the fictitious Sara portrayed, which was no doubt a true amalgamation of a typical case history, but Dr Moskovitz treats her symptoms with understanding and extreme care and thankfully finds a successful closure.

It is a real insight into the profound sensitivity, lucidity and above all utter integrity of the psychotherapeutic relationship. As well as gaining a footing into the mirror world of lost identity, black and white thinking, reactive impulses derived through child hood hurt, the enormity of the task ahead for the mental health profession becomes also clear. It is argued that 25 per cent of psychiatric hospitalisations in the States are BPD derived - which is staggering.

As this is the second edition, now almost 8 years old, there may possibly be more up to date introductions into the subject. But I think if you want one written with more warmth, kindness and compassion, it might be hard to match Dr Moskovitz's version and clarity, which no doubt explains its popularity still today.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is a Gift to the World 8 April 2003
I discovered LOST IN THE MIRROR three weeks ago. For the first time in my life I am reading someone else's words about borderline and exclaiming, 'Yes, that is what I've had to deal with all these years!' Had I known about this book in 1998, I might not have overdosed for the third time. After seventeen years of therapy I now live a healthy life. Still, LOST IN THE MIRROR has things to teach me. Through it, I'm developing a deeper understanding of how and why I respond and react to intimate relationships with all-or-nothing thinking. I am learning about dissociation. To anyone living with borderline personality disorder, and their families and friends, please know that there is a way out. LOST IN THE MIRROR can help you find it. For anyone considering suicide, please know that help is available. I've taken my story and created HOW I STAYED ALIVE WHEN MY BRAIN WAS TRYING TO KILL ME: ONE PERSON'S GUIDE TO SUICIDE PREVENTION (also available at amazon.co.uk).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Am a mental health nursing student and this book has been great. I think all RMN's should read this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CARLEEN ROBERTS
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good advice but this book leaves a taste of missing something...
After reading yet another book about BPD I still have the gnawing feeling that something is missing, that the author, albeit experienced and helpful, somehow missed to nail the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Woman
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Published 5 months ago by TomA
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired
Great insite to BPD for the family to understand what your loved ones are going through and how to deal with it and help them overcome things little by little one day at a time
Published 6 months ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Now it all makes sense
I honestly felt like the contents of my brain had been put into this book. Better than any nhs factsheet
Published 6 months ago by Sarahm0683
5.0 out of 5 stars Best user-friendly book on the subject
This is the best book I've read on the subject of BPD in terms of its user-friendliness and clarity. The author has a real insight into the condition. Read more
Published 7 months ago by yusuf b
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great insight into the the disorder. And some good tips in dealing with people who have the disorder. It was easy to read and informative.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. G. T. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Diagnosing the problem in the wrong area
Borderline Personality is a psychiatric myth created and perpetuated by a profession that is still very limited in its understanding of the effects of narcissistic families and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
Well written and informative for anyone wishing to understand BPD and DID it puts these disorders into a place to be able to understand it and its origins. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Lost in The Mirror : An inside Look at Borderline...
I did not read the firt edition, and this is Dr. Moskovitz's second edition, which has written to incorporate the new findings in biological psychiatry, psychotherapy and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patrick McCarthy
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