She’s Not Herself – Book Review

She's Not Herself

She’s Not Herself

By Linda Appleman Shapiro

A Psychotherapists’ Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother’s Mental Illness

 

Review by Sandy Keathley – just read and enjoyed although rather sad – it is true.

Having been diagnosed as clinically depressed in my 20’s I found this book to be very informative and very thankful for the new age of medication we have now to help people with this problem. My depression and anxiety is kept in check as long as I take my medications. Only recently seeing what can happen when I take myself off of them for a week.

Linda write honestly about her experiences as the daughter of an immigrant mother with mental illness…coping with the confusion of mood swings, her struggles to understand and the stress of keeping it all a secret.

As a child she is born to help her mom “feel better” but it is not the cure her mother had hoped to make her happy and her “demons” go away. Linda is the guardian of her mom from childhood to adulthood. Never really understanding what is wrong with her mom and no one tells her.

It is a compelling story of self-preservation; and  a child that has no childhood; she has to be a caretaker of her mother. An excellent read for anyone who suffers with depression or had a parent in the 1940’s or 1950’s when electric therapy was used for treatment.

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