Memoir

Mental Health @ Home book review: I Died So I Could Live by Wendy Shipman

Book Review: I Died So I Could Live

I Died So I Could Live is a memoir by Wendy Shipman in which she shares the hardships that she has dealt with, including mental illness, and her recovery process in the hope of showing others that they too can overcome adversity. Poems are interspersed throughout the narrative. The book begins with the challenges she …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan

Book Review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved

Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan is a memoir about the author’s wife’s experiences of mental illness, how that affected the family, and the difficult journey in the direction of recovery. The book’s powerful opening line is the author’s wife, Mia, saying “Pat, I am going to prison.” At that point, she was first …

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Book review: Musings on the Murky Dating and Relationships Terrain

Book Review: Musings on the Murky Dating and Relationships Terrain

Musings on the Murky Dating and Relationships Terrain is the remarkable memoir #8 from Jacqueline-of-all-trades Marie Abanga, aka MAG. MAG is a lawyer, CBT therapist, motivational speaker, author, and various other things, including Superwoman. In this memoir, the focus is on what she’s learned from dating and relationships over the years. As usual, she brings …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Manic Man

Book Review: Manic Man

Manic Man: How to Live Successfully with a Severe Mental Illness by Jason Wegner, with a foreword by Dr. Kerry Barnes, is a memoir of a first episode of bipolar mania and subsequent recovery. The book’s prologue opens with the author’s parents having called paramedics to take him to hospital. It then shifts back in …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

Book Review: Have You Heard the Sound of Your Own Voice?

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, …

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MH@H book review: Braving Bipolar by Stephanie Schlosser

Book Review: Braving Bipolar

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 …

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MH@H book review: You Will Never by Normal

Book Review: You Will Never Be Normal

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 …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Safe by Elspeth Roake

Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

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 …

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book cover: Raising the Alarm by Arron Whittaker

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 …

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