Taking The Next Step


This is a book review of sorts but also an inspiration for my next novel. This was a required reading for my memoir and personal essay class, it was unlike anything I had ever read before. Ironic since I have a father who is a paranoid schizophrenic. Perhaps I had skipped over those books for fear of what might come from gaining more knowledge. The author is bi-polar but also one of the leading doctors in that field providing an intense juxtaposition of the struggle. I encourage everyone to read this book whether or not you are directly linked to mental illness because it opens a new level of understanding for the human condition. She offers brutally honest moments and medical analysis. It is encouraging to see mental illness more wildly discussed in the public forum which is why I am going to share my experiences with the world. I know I am not alone in this struggle and I want other people to feel the same way.


7 thoughts on “Taking The Next Step

  1. Thank you for posting this! I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age nineteen. I had some experiences posted on my blog but my parents would have made me shut down the blog so I had to take it off. I am not technically allowed to talk about my illness. I am definitely going to try and find this book! 🙂

  2. Excellent! Always looking for a new book to read, especially one’s that promise both personal revelation and information on the part of life many people try and ignore…. ie: that mental illness is a common part of the human experience we can’t ignore.

  3. I come from a cornocopia of mental illnesses. My Granddad was Bi-polar as are a few male cousins. I think EVERYONE on my Dad’s side had an eating disorder. My Dad was uni-polar as am I. I see nothing wrong in seeing a therapist, but because of my Dystonia and just basic beliefs; I will NEVER EVER take an antidepressant. I would rather vent, cry my head off and write rather than take SSRI’s.

    Depression is my best friend and worse enemy- I think I was born with depression.

  4. Okay, I’m going to put it on my booklist of books to read in the future. I wrote a paper about schizophrenia many years ago, so this book will be a continuation of that exploration of this very sad illness.

  5. So many of us are affected by some sort of mental illness and we don’t even realize it. Thank God hormone therapy is now given to menopausal women or there would be many more mentally ill people. (No pun intended).

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