The only way to remove the stigma from a thorny issue is to talk about it. The more we talk, the less of an issue the stigma becomes.
Mariah Carey announced today that she has been suffering from bipolar disorder since 2001.
Mental illness is real. It is not a made up to gain sympathy or a reason to throw a pity party. Millions (myself included) suffer around the world from the various diseases that are labelled as mental illness. Unfortunately, it takes someone like Mariah Carey to add another light to the darkness and another voice to the reality of living with mental illness.
A good sequel, when properly written, is always a thrill. It’s a thing of curiosity, to see where the character’s lives have gone and will go since we last saw them. The late Carrie Fisher knew a lot about sequels, she played Leia Organa in the Star Wars movie franchise.
She was also one hec of a writer.
The Best Awful, Fisher’s sequel to her best-selling novel, Postcards From The Edge, takes place a few years after the events in Postcards From The Edge. Her fictional alter-ego, Suzanne Vale, is now the mother of a young daughter, Honey. Honey’s father has just left Suzanne for a man. Wanting and needing a replacement for her ex, Suzanne decides it’s a good time to stop taking her medication. The results and the adventure she goes while off her medication is well, an adventure to say the least.
When Suzanne finally hits rock bottom, her ex, her movie star mother and her friends decide that the best thing for Suzanne is to be put in a mental hospital. Going into the hospital maybe the very thing Suzanne needs to move on with her life.
Fisher’s bouts with mental illness are part and parcel of her persona. What I loved about this book is that not only is it funny, but it speaks to the truth of what it is to bipolar and live with the ups and downs that being bipolar brings.
I absolutely recommend it.