To many Americans, mental illness seems like a distant problem. It would shock many to hear that, according to a 2008 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, the lifetime prevalence for borderline personality disorder is 5.9 percent.
This caustic and destructive disorder quickly threw author Nicholas E. Cleveland’s life into disarray when he met his second wife. What started with intense physical and emotional connection turned into a “Fatal Attraction” tale, with Cleveland forcing his wife to seek psychiatric help.
Cleveland’s story is offered candidly in his new book, “From Happiness to Tragedy; to Bliss on the Borderline.” It is a close examination of life, love and loss from the perspective of a man who has been through a rollercoaster of joy and tragedy.
“Life can change in an instant,” Cleveland said. “I was happily married to my first wife when she suddenly and tragically died. When I met my second wife a year later, what began with beauty quickly deteriorated due to a seldom-discussed mental disorder.”