With insight and intimacy, Kate McLaughlin candidly shares the realities of parenting children with Bipolar Disorder, painting a vivid and moving literary picture that is 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.
Reviews and Accolades
"Sad and touching. You're a great writer and wonderful mom."
It is wonderful that Kate McLaughlin is using her family's story to promote
awareness of bipolar disorder and put an end to the stigma that so often
"Mommy I'm Still In Here does what good books are meant to: comforts
us, showing us we are not alone. It is vivid and sincere."
".a true testament to your family's strength to turn such a tremendous
challenge into a positive light to inspire others."
"As a mother of two children with mental illness, Kate McLaughlin has
not only written about my family, but about hundreds of other families
as well. We want them to have quality of life, opportunities for a successful
life and choices that allow them to exhibit and explore the special qualities
they have. We love them. We want you to accept them."
"Kate McLaughlin chronicles with great love the difficult journey her
family has experienced. With two of her three children having been diagnosed
with bipolar disorder, she eloquently conveys her hard-won understanding
of how challenging it can be for a family to live with mental illness
and to fight the necessary battles along the way. But most importantly,
she tells an extremely positive and motivating story that offers hope
to all who struggle with this devastating illness."
This mother's faith and courage are an inspiration to anyone who is struggling
to change the unchangeable. She encourages calm acceptance and demonstrates
that it is not a simplistic approach but the only approach.
".extremely gripping, moving, and well written. Mommy I'm Still in Here
will be a welcome and needed 'reality check' for families coming to grips
with this disease."
The adage "Truth is stranger than fiction" is certainly applicable in
the case of Mommy I'm Still in Here: Raising Children with Bi-polar Disorder.
Kate McLaughlin paints a picture of what appears to be a typical Norman
Rockwell family who wakes up one morning to find itself trapped within
a surreal image by Salvador Dali. In the course of a few short years,
both of the McLaughlin teenagers find their lives overcome by severe cases
of adolescent onset bipolar disorder.
Mommy I'm Still In Here is distinctive for its frank depiction
of how difficult Chloe and Michael were to deal with. McLaughlin's readiness
to talk about them openly is admirable. This memoir will be revealing
and possibly familiar to many people who have lived with a mentally ill
person in the family. The writing is vivid and the chapters are short,
so this is an easy read even with the difficult subject matter. Recommended.
About the Author
Kate McLaughlin frequently speaks and writes on the topics of communication, education, family issues, and mental health. McLaughlin, a mental health advocate, is a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, and participates in NAMI's Family - to - Family program.
Watch Kate’s interview on Footnote: http://www.footnote.ebru.tv/en/episodes/footnote,3,06.html