With insight and intimacy, Kate McLaughlin candidly shares the realities of parenting children with Bipolar Disorder; and paints a vivid and moving literary picture, boldly accented by scenes of denial, fear, frustration, and disappointment, as well as evolution, acceptance, understanding, and ultimately, of love.
No other book so eloquently and honestly conveys the physical realities and battered emotions of a family caught in the swirling storm of a child’s hallucinations and psychosis. Nothing else accurately depicts the frenzy of mania, or suicide attempts and their bittersweet aftermaths. No other writer so aptly illustrates the personal changes in parents of disabled children, nor connects them to the emotional and spiritual growth borne of their occurrence.
This book supports, educates, and informs the reader, offering hope and encouragement to anyone living with chronic illness or raising teens. McLaughlin pulls the reader into her home, boldly illuminating family scenarios in an effort to destroy shame-based assumptions. Examples of successes and failures in dealing with irrational and emotional issues abound.