Once I started reading Karen Tyrrell's story I couldn't put it down. What a brave woman to write a memoir of her mental illness and forced hospitalisation. That takes courage. From what I gather, people experiencing mania are enjoying it and don't think they need help. This memoir gives an insight into the mind of the author, while she's experiencing mania and how she felt about her husband's intervention. Not only will this book help people with bipolar, it will also help their family, friends and colleagues. Though Karen was ill in most of the story, her husband and kids suffered too. Maybe even as much as she did as it went on for a few years. My heart went out to her husband, who was battling a long-term illness of his own as well as caring for his family. What a wonderful man. I hope this book will help to stop discrimination against people with a mental illness. This story story shows they can be productive and determined people as well as being artistic.
Though the story was sad, I laughed a lot while reading it. Karen Tyrrell is a funny lady. I don't know if she was trying to be funny, but some of her thoughts had me in stiches, not to mention her antics and sneaky ways of finding out things. She'd make a great detective. Though she wrote her notes while ill, she knew she wanted to be a writer. The real Karen was in there for the ride too and she wasn't letting anyone stop her from writing. After reading this book, anyone with a loved one suffering from mania would better understand that not all of the things that the patient is doing is part of the illness. The healthy person is still there with goals that are attainable. I love the way she worked out why this happened to her and her determination to publish her memoir. She wrote about her mania, or hyper-mania, but she didn't mention having a deep depression or suicidal thoughts like I've heard can happen with bipolar, though she did suffer from insomnia, anxiety and stress, and did have Post Natal depression years before. Maybe her husband got her the medical help she needed before a deep depression set in.
There's so much information in this book for anyone suffering bipolar disorder. And their families will have a guide of what to do, which is great because it would be hard getting someone suffering from mania to willingly go to a mental health hospital. Karen Tyrell is a genius and I'm sure her story will save many lives. I'd give this book ten stars if I could, but I'm only allowed five. Keep writing, Karen Tyrrell!
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Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness Paperback – 3 April 2012
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- Publisher : Digital Future Press; 1st edition (3 April 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 262 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0987274007
- ISBN-13 : 978-0987274007
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.5 x 22.86 cm
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Inspirational Memoir!Reviewed in the United States on 4 July 2012
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Transparent honesty that gives hopeReviewed in the United States on 6 March 2013
Once I picked up Karen Tyrell's book Me & Her, I couldn't put it down. Karen's personal story is shared with such transparency, detail and honesty you can't help looking at yourself more honestly. Parts of the story will shock you and scare you. Could I ever be placed into involuntary psychiatric internment? Could I have a undiagnosed mental illness? If I do, can I become well again? Karen did recover, with the support of family and especially with support from her own inner self. She worked at it. She believed. She had an inquiring open mind. Don't believe if when people say you can't recover from some mental illnesses. You can. She took the steps, using various health models including medication, meditation and relaxation techniques. Plus good ol' exercise and positive thikning. This book takes away the stigma of mental illness and shows just how fragile we humans are and how we have to look after ourselves. Thank you, Karen, for being a role model and putting your story out there, and that of your family's, to share the light with others. I have been dealing with depression on and off for years and a chronic illness and you helped me hold my head up a little higher, that's for sure. I just ordered your next book, Her & Him, and I can't wait to read it. xxx
A truly brave expose of Bi Polar Disorder.Reviewed in the United States on 6 October 2013
So often when reading about Bi Polar it is often from a medical description, signs, symptoms, treatment. This has to be the most brave account from a woman having undergone tremendous change and not fully understanding the involvement 'Her' played on the psyche. To be able to detach yourself and write about this disorder from 'this' point of view was so enlightening. To understand the inner world of someone experiencing what was happening to them, unlike those from the outside observing a behavior of a loved one that has become foreign to them. It is so often a feeling of heartbreak all round. The compassion from family and friends but in particular her husband was beautiful to read. I took a while to read this book, I wanted the nuances of this situation to penetrate. For anyone wanting to know about Bi Polar or anyone who has experienced a loved one with Bi Polar this book is amazingly helpful and honest. I will start a crusade and recommend this book to anyone who has come across Bi Polar. It gave me a feeling of sadness, a feeling of endurance, but last of all hope. It may be a continual climb, as life is, but the love that came through made this an uplifting, read. Full of hope and someone fulfilling their dreams, in the pursuit to help others understand. Well done.
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Me and Her - an amazingly courageous bookReviewed in the United States on 8 October 2012
Me and Her - an amazingly courageous book written by a teacher who suffered through severe anxiety that progressed to full blown bi-polar episodes that required hospitalization. Karen bravely details her journey from plummeting into the depths of intuitive madness before returning to her methods of helping herself to regain and find sanity - to return to her old self; the person she was before these debilitating attacks occurred. Her descriptions of the loving support she received from her family makes you realise that love, patience and a supportive environment certainly helps people to recover; to get on with their lives,to build a positive future for themselves. I learned a lot reading this book and one of the lessons I gleaned was that we are all fragile and there but for the grace of God...... It obviously was not an easy write because emotionally it was not an easy read. Rather it was a book truthfully told with a positive aim to help others understand the screwed up pain this illness inflicts on both the sufferer and the sufferer's family and friends. Thank you Karen for this book.
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Important and Courageous BookReviewed in the United States on 15 May 2012
Karen Tyrrell has made a significant contribution by telling her story of mental illness in her courageous memoir. While our culture has made great strides in overcoming the stigma of this trumatic and devastating illness, there is still much to be done in educating the general public. In brave and beautiful prose, Karen recounts her struggle with bi-polar -- telling not only how she became ill, but also her desire to understand her illness and prevent a reoccurrence. Reviewed by Audrey Streetman, author of the memoir "The Well."
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