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HERE IS A REVIEW OF THE UNQUIET from the Akron Beacon Journal by Barbara MacIntyre, and I am loving how she ends this:

"Though Garsee’s story will attract readers with a taste for the paranormal, her true forte is in portraying the paranoia and delusions that Rinn experiences when she discontinues her medication. That Garsee is a psychiatric nurse gives credence to Rinn’s mental deterioration.
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This is what I was really,really hoping to accomplish: to show the effects of not taking medications, regardless of your psychiatric diagnosis. No, in real life, you probably won't see "ghosts" --at least not ghosts as depicted in my story. The disruptive, dangerous behavior; the alienation of your friends and family; losing your job or having to drop out of college; losing your home and ending up on the streets--I see all of this at my job, every single day. Visiting hours are often dead because no one wants to come visit my patients (unless they want to slip them cigarettes or drugs, or an occasional Big Mac). Sadly, even the people who have raised them and loved them from the day they were born are no longer willing to get sucked into the drama, the danger, the endless disruption of lives.

The bridges have been burned.

Mom is tired.

Grandma is tired.

Your brothers and sisters have moved on, they're living productive lives. You, on the other hand, spend your time in hospitals, or in jails, or hanging out under bridges. And you were the one who wanted to be a writer...or an engineer...or a teacher...or simply get married and raise a family.

If you are on medications for bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, whatever--regardless of your age--please, please don't stop taking them because you are "feeling better" and don't think you need them anymore. Don't stop taking them, either, because you "don't like how they make me feel" or "it's not even helping me." First of all, there are many, many medications, and you and your psychiatrist need to figure out the ones that work the best for you with the least amount of side effects. There is also medication to counteract these effects. You don't have to be a non-functioning glob of protoplasm in order to avoid psychosis. And some of the side effects--the drowsiness, for instance--decrease in time as long as you stay on the medication. Stopping and starting them, over and over, is almost as bad as not taking them at all. You will never adjust.

Please, please,do not burn your bridges. Don't lose who you are, or what you mean to the people who love and cherish you, and still want to help you.

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Patrick Dilloway
Jul. 16th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
That's good advice. I read a book last year where this guy was bipolar and decided he knew better than his doctors and began cutting back on his meds because he didn't like "how they made him feel." Needless to say it didn't go well for him.

BTW, you might enjoy this blog, especially since today is "Mental Health Monday" http://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/mental-health-monday-a-better-pain-chart/
Patrick Dilloway
Jul. 16th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Huh, it said my first comment was marked as Spam.

This LiveJournal thing sucks even more than Blogger.
onegrapeshy
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
It sucks when I try to post to FB...the link works but I get all this other BS. The best thing is that I can lock my posts. :)
onegrapeshy
Jul. 16th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
LOVE the new pain scale!!!!
fandoria
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome review. I agree with it. You did a great job of bringing me in Rinn's head and helping me see what it can be like for someone with a mental illness. I gave me a greater understanding empathy for what they go through. What you accomplished with The Unquiet is similar to what I hope to do with my current WIP and type 1 diabetes.
onegrapeshy
Jul. 16th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Good luck with it!!!
kbaccellia
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
My father refused to take his meds and life was pure hell growing up. Then I found out how his family members either blew their brains out or ended up in the mental institution in Stockton before it was closed in the 1970s due to budget cuts.

My father suffered from paranoid bipolar disorder. He heard voices and thought the government was listening in on him through the phone lines. Yeah, we didn't have a phone till I was in college. My own brother also won't take his meds as he says he likes the 'high' part of being bipolar. But when he's down? Stay away.

Yes, I totally can relate with your post.
onegrapeshy
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I hear you! It's such a difficult disease, and yet there are medications for it that people refuse to take. It affects everyone around them.
kbaccellia
Jul. 16th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to read your book! I preordered the ebook for my Nook which means I get to read it tomorrow! Yay!
onegrapeshy
Jul. 16th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hurray!!!!!!!
edgyauthor
Jul. 17th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Great review! I remember reading it earlier, when you posted it on Twitter. So excited for this book! I pre-ordered it months ago, so as you can imagine, I'm incredibly impatient for this to finally be in my mailbox! It's so great to see not just a YA novel, but a paranormal one, bringing issues as real and tragic as this one to light for readers. It's sure to make many of them more knowledgeable and understanding of the condition than they were before, and even help just as many who are dealing with something similar.
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