This is the story of a twelve year old girl who comes down with a severe mental illness that is not correctly diagnosed for seven years. She cycles through chaotic manias and debilitating depressions until she is hospitalized four times and diagnosed as Bipolar.
Then she begins a long road to recovery and a fulfilled and happy life. She describes the illness as terrifying and all consuming. Most of all she had no control over when it would invade her live and devastatingly rock her world.
In 1969 lithium was first used in the United States and it proved to be a miracle drug for Ann and for many others. Hospitalization and therapy were required. Ann worked hard with her doctors and therapists and now leads a triumphant life.
About the Author
Ann was raised in Pacific Palisades, California. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and worked for four architects in her twenties then taught high school for twentyfive years. She is married and living in Southern California. She has two children and two grandchildren. She is working on a biography of her three brothers and a study on dreaming.
I recevied a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- Reading about Ann and her struggle to survive with a mental illness was very hard. I know so many people who deal with the same situations and some who have suffered through worse. Being misdiagnosed or never getting help affects so many people in the world and others are too scared to get help. I hope that through this story more people can be inspired. I think the author was very brave to come forward and share something so intense and heartfelt.