Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice is a memoir by Krithika Chandrasekar about her experiences with depression. The title refers to "the language of silence" that people with depression speak as they carry their burdens. The book covers the author's teenage years in India and her time as an undergrad at Purdue,… Continue reading Book Review: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?
In Braving Bipolar: A Family Journey and Guide, Stephanie Schlosser shares her experiences with bipolar disorder in order to support others who have the disorder, provide education and insights for those who don't, and challenge stigma. The book is broken into two parts. Part I gives a chronological view of how the author's illness developed… Continue reading Book Review: Braving Bipolar
You Will Never Be Normal by Catherine Klatzker takes the reader on a journey of discovery with her as she learns that she has dissociative identity disorder and Parts inside of her have been holding trauma she hadn't even been aware that she had experienced. The book opens in 2009 as she's having a talk… Continue reading Book Review: You Will Never Be Normal
In Safe: A Memoir, Elspeth Roake shares her journey with depression and trauma-related disordered attachment, from the lowest lows to finally finding healing. Elspeth competed in horse shows, and the book begins in Florida for the winter show season, with her going into the hospital for suicidal ideation. She ended up being Baker Acted (committed… Continue reading Book Review: Safe: A Memoir
Raising the Alarm is an autobiography by Arron Whittaker. He lives with schizoaffective disorder and borderline personality. He also has a trauma history, and is sure that he's on the autism spectrum, although he hasn't been diagnosed. The author uses a pen name for this book, and explains the steps that he's taken to conceal… Continue reading Book Review: Raising the Alarm
Shame Ate My Soul is Susan Walz's personal story of rising above stigma, suicide attempts, addiction, and misdiagnosis, and eventually finding recovery. I've known Sue, who blogs at My Loud Whispers of Hope, since the beginning of my blogging journey. The book opens with a heartbreaking conversation with 2 of her 3 children, as they… Continue reading Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul
My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos is by Samantha Steiner, who you may know from her blog My Bipolar Mind. This is her second book, and both are memoirs in the form of compiled blog posts. This book is based on 2018, and is laid out in chronological order. The book covers Samantha's struggles with… Continue reading Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos
Looking for a distraction while you're self-isolating? The description of Reflections: My Mad Memoirs! by indie author Kristina Bryson assures readers that: If your life has been perfect then my memoirs will bore the pants off you. However, if you have been mentally battered and bruised by dysfunctional relationships, cursed by anxiety and panic attacks… Continue reading Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!
Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys by Brooke O'Neill is a compelling story of one woman's life with bipolar disorder. Like me, Brooke is a nurse. When she returned to work after her period of acute illness, she was able to have positive conversations self-disclosing to some of her patients who had bipolar disorder in addition… Continue reading Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys
Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a (mostly true) memoir by Jenny Lawson. This is her first book; I previously reviewed her second book, Furiously Happy. Jenny has a fabulously quirky sense of humour. The book is packed with plenty of wildlife—alive, taxidermied, and otherwise. The book starts off with a bang in the author's… Continue reading Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened