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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Alyreyans Press (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615600689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615600680
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alyssa Reyans is an American expat. Originally from the deep south, she converted to Islam in 1994 and moved overseas in 2005. She currently resides overseas with her husband and continues her daily battle with mental illness and the ghosts of her past. For updates on the series, Chronicles of a Fractured Life, follow Alyssa at her website http://www.alyssareyans.com

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Alyssa Reyans is an American expat. Originally from the deep south, she converted to Islam in 1994 and moved overseas in 2005. She currently resides overseas with her husband and continues her daily battle with mental illness and the ghosts of her past.
For updates on the series, Chronicles of a Fractured Life, follow Alyssa at her website http://www.alyssareyans.com

Customer Reviews

Good luck Alyssa, thanks for being courageous enough to share your story.
Heidi
This author by her own admission remains unmedicated even though she knows it would help.
Kate
I heard about this book from a friend, and I'm sorry it took me so long to read.
Julia Crane

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on February 20, 2012
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I admit, I was hesitant to read this book because, well let's face it, reading books with weighty subject matter can often be difficult. I wasn't going to read this one, but then my inner psychologist was itching to take a peek. I ended up reading it in one sitting. This book is an emotional roller coaster. Alyssa takes you through the highs and lows of living with bipolar disorder. No, it isn't pleasant and it is hard to understand what a person suffering from depression goes through, but Alyssa manages to take your hand and lead you into the belly of the beast. Her life is full of heartbreak and tragedy. Starting at a young age when she was molested by her own father. At a time when abuse and depression were just beginning to come to light. Unfortunately, she lived through it when it was still okay to sweep it under the rug and ignore it. Consequently, Alyssa was forced to deal with the fall out of the abuse on top of battling an illness she didn't know she had. Two suicide attempts later and she is still reeling, trying to secure her footing. Then as a teenager she finds herself as the mother of two young children, trying to be a good mother while doing her best to keep her world from spiraling out of control. Little did she know that soon she would make the decision to leave her children with their father for a short time, never realizing it would be the last time she saw them. Now years later, Alyssa properly diagnosed, has finally comes to terms with her illness. She accepts responsibility for her actions and avoids placing blame on her mental illness. A truly courageous and remarkable step. She continually fights a daily battle, like anyone who suffers from depression can tell you, there are good days and bad. It is a constant struggle to keep the beast at bay.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wheeeeeeeeeeee on October 18, 2012
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I thought this book was too short. I enjoyed reading it and seeing the troubles that she went through. I could not imagine what it would be like to not have anyone to notice that my behavior was so manic. And it is sad to know that she may never get in touch with her children again. Ending is happy tho!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fishducky on April 1, 2012
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I opened the book an hour or two ago & just finished it. It was impossible put down. It was a terrifying & compelling look into the mind of a bipolar. It gave me an inkling of just how powerful the human mind can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Johnson on March 21, 2012
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I'm a mental health worker, and read Letters From a Bi-Polar Mother in one sitting. Mental Illness is difficult to understand - and the actions of a person in a manic state of bi-polar are absolutely incomprehensible, even to someone like myself, who has at least a clinical understanding of the disorder.

Reyans does a stellar job of explaining disassociation; how it started for her as a means to escape horrific abuse when she was a child, and how it continued to be how she copes with stress long into adulthood.

I found myself hoping the author's children read this book and someday seek to have a relationship with their mother. This is a book that offers no excuses, only explanation and apology.

"I am sorry you never knew how loved you were and how loved you are. The "I am sorries" are endless. If I wrote for all of eternity, I would never find their end."

This is short, but powerful book. I will be watching for more Chronicles of A Fractured Life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela Hebert on June 1, 2013
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Very beautifully written. Sadly, it's a tale that all bipolar mothers can relate to. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justme on March 5, 2013
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This gave me a side of the disease that i hadn't considered. The side of this is a lonely side and very sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on February 24, 2013
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As someone with this disorder it helped me to understand it better and realize why I do some of the things I do
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Metzger on January 30, 2013
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I found myself throughout this book. As a Bi-Polar Senior Citizen I was able to connect with the highs and lows the Author wrote about. Before diagnosis I suffered terribly raising my children with a trigger temper. The guilt has left me after reading how the Author coped. Thanks for sharing.
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