book cover: Raising the Alarm by Arron Whittaker
Book reviews

Book Review: Raising the Alarm

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

book cover: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos by Samantha Steiner
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

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

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Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!

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!

book cover: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys by Brooke O'Neill
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Spiders, Vampires and Jail Keys

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

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Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

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… Continue reading Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

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Writing

Memoirs – To Write or Not to Write?

I've seen other bloggers working on or publishing memoirs, and I had decided a little while back that it was something I'd be interested in doing too.  I even started working on writing it. Except I've started wondering if I should reconsider. There's a lot of work that would be involved in writing, publishing, and… Continue reading Memoirs – To Write or Not to Write?

book cover: Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar by E.M. Sebree
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar

Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar is a memoir by E.M. Sebree about learning to live with bipolar disorder. Like many people bipolar, she was first diagnosed with depression, which was triggered by sexual abuse.  While she was still in high school she became manic, and she shares the psychotic symptoms she experienced and her… Continue reading Book Review: Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar

book cover: Bring Me to Light by Eleanor Segall
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Bring Me To Light

Bring Me To Light: Embracing my Bipolar and Social Anxiety by Eleanor Segall describes her journey with mental illness, from pre-diagnosis through her work on recovery. It's written in clear, simple language, making it easy to understand for readers with no background knowledge of mental illness. She begins by talking about her Jewish heritage and… Continue reading Book Review: Bring Me To Light

Book cover: Getting By: Understanding Lifelong Depression by Jack Trelance
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Getting By

Getting By: Understanding Lifelong Depression is a memoir by Jack Trelance. The author has lived with depression since his teens, and admits to planning his first suicide attempt at age 14.  He describes his first suicide attempt at age 25, and afterwards he didn't feel sadness but rather "a slow-burning anger and frustration, coupled with resigned,… Continue reading Book Review: Getting By

book cover: Little Boy Lost by Clive Webb
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Little Boy Lost

Little Boy Lost: I Don't Know Where I'm Going, but I'm on My Way is a memoir by Clive Webb that explores his lifelong journey with mental health, which eventually culminated in him being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  The book was written in 2016 and then updated in 2019. The book is written with a laid… Continue reading Book Review: Little Boy Lost