The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.
This week I chose page 56 of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful from Eric Lindstrom.
Even on normal days I can only socialize for so long without needing to recharge”
It’s such a simple line, but rings true for so many struggling with mental illness. The main character in this book has Bipolar Disorder, which is what initially drew me to it.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder two and a half years ago. It completely rocked my world. I was embarrassed and ashamed. Most of my friends and family still don’t even know. The stigma attached to mental health disorders is still strong, even with all the progress we have made in recent years. One friend I told responded with “But you don’t seem that crazy”…… -_- I’m hoping that books like A Tragic Kind of Wonderful will help to end the mental health stigma. I haven’t finished the book to report on how Bipolar Disorder is represented, but I will review it on the blog sometime this weekend.
For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.
As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?”
For more information on the mental health stigma and how you can help visit NAMI.org.