Surviving Mental Illness by Linda Naomi Katz

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Outskirts Press (2012)
Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs
117 pages

*I received this book for review.

The story of how Linda lives through Bipolar was very interesting as I made a few parallels between her experiences and my experiences as I also have Bipolar.

There are some books that take me a long time to get through and then others, like Suriving Mental Illness, I get through quickly because I’m riveted to the storyline. Many times throughout the book I felt sad for Linda but I was also happy that she made it through those painful times without having another major breakdown.

If you suffer from Bipolar or know someone who does, this will give you a look into what it can be like. Not everyone experiences Bipolar in the same way of course but it will still give you a glimpse.

“In 1993, I suffered a nervous breakdown which frightened me and my family. I had no idea what I was doing. I felt as if I was in another universe that was not real. I had trouble sleeping, had racing thoughts going through my head, heard voices, had grandiose notions, and talked rapidly. When my parents realized that I might have a mental illness like my mother had, my father called Dr. Nass and told him all about my symptoms. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Nass told us to come and see him. The doctor took one look at me and diagnosed me with manic depression/bipolar disorder.” – pg 29

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.