The author's narrative style is perfect for her story: frank and detailed, yet intermingled with enough humor that the readers will smile along with her, even when she is about to undergo shock treatment.--Judge No. 35, Writers Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards
[There are] some surprises and moments that will stay with the reader for a long time to come.... --HarperCollins/HarperTrue Review
A trip through the author's mental illness told in a heartwarming, self-deprecating style....Eminently readable and worthy of attention”--Kirkus Discoveries
What shines through this whole story is the author's honesty....I learned a lot from My Kind of Crazy and think you will too.-- John Linsenmeyer, The Greewich Time
I was left with the feeling that she wrote the book and just put it out there for whomever it might help. My Kind of Crazy is sure to touch and entertain you.--Michael Kohn, Inside Chappaqua Magazine
About the Author
I am an expert on being crazy. In fact, I have over thirteen years of personal experience. The medical term for my kind of crazy is known as Bipolar Disorder aka Manic-Depressive Illness. My experience on being crazy includes a series of psychotic breakdowns, severe bipolar mood swings, lengthy lists of medication regimens, countless therapy sessions, routine psychiatric hospital stays, a suicide attempt, and electroshock treatment.
Although my case is more severe than most, I am not alone. I am only one of 5.7 million adult Americans who suffer from a mental illness in a given year. This is a staggering statistic, and yet the stigma attached to mental illness persists. Those diagnosed with a mental illness suffer in silence due to the shame associated with it. There are many books that approach the subject from a clinical and/or psychoanalytical perspective. My book, however, focuses on the human experience of living with a mental illness. Being bipolar brings with it the very highs and lows of emotion, and my story is written in the same way. The journey on which I take the reader is not a depressing one. There is much humor to be found and many lessons to be learned after one is diagnosed as crazy. I bring the reader with me on the emotional rollercoaster that is my life.
With my story, I hope to dismantle the shame and isolation that one with a similar illness might experience. In fact, I believe one must embrace his or her inner-craziness in order to heal, evolve, and move forward to help change the societal perception of mental illness. Not unlike diabetes, mental illness should be understood on a biochemical level, not be viewed as a character flaw. When the brain gets sick, it exhibits symptoms that need to be addressed and managed just like any other illness.
The author, Janine Crowley Haynes, is a forty-three-year-old wife, mother, and self-acknowledged crazy person living in a bipolar world.