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