painting by Dawn Barker, 2002
In June 2017 my first book, A Sad and Sorry State of Disorder was published. It is my experience of BPD and how I learned to manage it, and I hope that it helps sufferers and their loved ones to understand a little more, and to be encouraged that a stable, healthy life is possible. For a more detailed account on how my book came about, take a look at a previous blog, First things second.
If you are wondering whether or not to read my book, here are some previous reviews and endorsements that will hopefully help you to decide…
Tracy is a talented writer and poet, and this heartfelt book will be of use and interest to anyone who suffers from, or knows someone who suffers from, personality disorder. The book is honest, engaging, and upbeat – Tracy shows her journey and the steps on the way to a much happier and fulfilled life. The lows are very low, but her strength, talent, and determination shine through, and anyone else feeling low can only be inspired by her story. Highly recommended.
(Dan Knowles, CEO, Oxfordshire Mind)
This book is a tremendous insight into the mind of someone with borderline personality disorder; it delves into the dark (and light) truths of the disorder, revealing symptoms that so many encounter but very few discuss.
(Lucy Spraggan, singer-songwriter)
This thoughtful and enormously readable book presents a valuable insight for clinical practitioners and for anyone impacted directly or indirectly by borderline personality disorder. The author offers a real opportunity to gain an understanding of both the emotional and clinical elements of borderline personality disorder. Her very personal and moving insight into the emotions and responses experienced, demystifies an often-misunderstood disorder.
(Alison Matheson, Psychotherapist, Oxfordshire Counselling
What a pleasure it was to read this honest and heartfelt book. The author writes eloquently about what a struggle being a ‘borderliner’ has been, but importantly makes it possible for a general reader to make a connection, drawing them in with empathy and a degree of understanding. It tells a powerful story very clearly, without self-indulgence (despite being such a personal testimony) and makes for thoughtful and enriching reading.
(Ben Ballin, Education Consultant)
It was such a pleasure to read this book. It is beautifully written, both the prose and the poetry. This is a first-person account, from someone diagnosed with personality disorder, which offers understanding and hope and which will speak to many people.
(Dr Heather Castillo, Independent Consultant and author of ‘Personality Disorder Temperament or Trauma?’ and ‘The Reality of Recovery in Personality Disorder’)
You can find more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. If you do decide to read my book, please leave an honest review for me, somewhere!
Hopefully there will be news very soon about a second book – you can be sure I’ll blog about it as and when it happens, so if you don’t want to miss the news make sure you’ve subscribed to my blogs!