Surviving Mental Illness by Linda Naomi Katz (Book Review #23)

Linda Katz offers us a very touching, real life story describing how life is for someone who is mentally ill. Linda takes us through her entire life starting from her grandparents and discusses everything in detail (like a diary) from losing her loved ones, struggling with employment, falling in love, heartbreaks, and survival.

 

‘Surviving Mental Illness’ addresses the stigma that comes along with mental illness and how today’s society has an adverse judgment or disapproval of a person just because they behave differently. It is very well known that we act very hostile towards the unknown and mental illness is one of the important issues that this book wishes to address. This book only covers three kinds of mental Illness and discusses one of them in detail.

I believe if the Author had the intentions to create awareness for mental illness then she has done a pretty good job. The book is very easy to read and to understand. However, where I disagree and have a problem is when it makes you think that it is somehow going to offer you a cure. This is not a self-help book or a story that is going to provide you relief from what you are struggling with. Right up until the last page Linda finally tells you her definition of survival. Her understanding is that recovery means, “to get back into life.” It is very acceptable to feel this way. However at the same time can be misleading. Maybe this information should be provided at the start rather than the end?

The book covers chapters of extremely harsh situations that the Author has had to face and challenges she manages to overcome. She offers medical advice on what is out there and you really do feel for someone that has to go through such hardship. Linda’s survival method is to find a way to cope with your mental illness. ‘Living life’ is her motto, and it rightfully should be considering everything she has gone through.

Written by Jeyran Main

I was given this book by the Author & J.D. Jung, UnderratedReads for a review.

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