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A unique ability that sets her and her writing apart,
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This review is from: The Naked Bird Watcher (Paperback)
Suzy literally takes you along in the terrifying descent into the dark, murky world of mental illness in which she found herself, unaware and quite unprepared for what was happening to her. You are there as she suffers the apathy and dullness her life is becoming, too paralyzed to care.
She writes of experiences with doctors unsure or unable to give a diagnosis. You experience her initial fear of hospital admission yet you also experience the first steps to her recovery. Overall, the care she received was excellent and established the fundamental steps for her on-going recovery - providing her with tools to cope and manage the symptoms of her condition. She learned to recognise the signs that she needs help and how to get it. There is a model for success here which many can learn from, yet there is valuable contructive suggestions which come from her experience.
This is an easy read and one you will not forget. It will give you a new degree of compassion, respect and undertanding for the brave souls who deal with mental illness. Her honest and moving account of her struggles and progress serves as an inspiration to us all.
Suzy Johnston writes in an easy style with good humour and an incredible ability to both convey her innermost feelings in these experiences and an impartial view of what happened to her - it is that unique ability that sets her and her writing apart.