Borderline Personality Disorder

Mom is not crazy

Suffering from borderline personality disorder, Amira Raanan was constantly in danger, yet her decision to go public with her illness may have saved her life.

Mom is not crazy


Michael Raanan, 46, knows the quickest route to the emergency room at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, as well as to its closed psychiatric ward. It’s a matter of life and death for his 39-year-old wife, Amira.

I met Amira more than 12 years ago when we moved to the community of Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion. Other than seeing her from time to time on the street, in the local grocery store, at the weekly Shabbat shiur (talk) that she sometimes delivers and at our home for a Shabbat meal, I didn’t know what lay below the surface of this extremely intelligent, artistic and creative woman.


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