Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules

  • 288 pages
  • 0451496671
  • Anglais
  • Format Kindle
Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules

Ƽ [PDF]-Free Read Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules ხ Kindle Ebook By A J Mendez ᄓ Sitting down with a counselor for the first time was an awkward experience I had talked to a guidance counselor in high school, but that was primarily about applying to college and why there were so many curse words in my poetry I had never locked eyes with someone who was so interested in finding out what was bothering me In a way, I felt like I was ignoring everything my parents had taught me We werent supposed to reach out to anyone for help We werent supposed to admit there was a weakness inside of us I felt like I was betraying my mother by exposing her secrets to a stranger But I didnt think I had any other option I kept trying to explain that this visit wasnt really for me, it was for my mom, but the counselor didnt seem to pay that any mind Instead he kept asking me questions about myself How does that make you feel What do you think that means How is this affecting you I told him about my panic attacks and my insomnia, and I mentioned the sporadic crying but tried to explain that these were all just normal reactions to stress Theyre not normal, he plainly put it I think youre experiencing depression I would like to refer you to a psychiatrist I almost stormed out How dare he assume I was broken I was just trying to help someone else who really was falling apart, and maybe I wasnt handling it so well This guy had known me for an hours time and wanted to deem me crazy But as the session went on, I began to actually listen Depression is not something you choose It is a chemical imbalance, which can sometimes be hereditary If your mother is indeed experiencing these symptoms, theres a chance you can be prone to them as well He was so calm and matter of fact I was a smart kid, but somehow I hadnt connected those dots With certainty, I had decided my mother was experiencing some sort of mental illness But if I wouldve taken the time, I couldve noticed my own reflection in my mothers weary eyes Realizing the dark force swallowing her up was sizing me up for its next meal felt simultaneously like a ton of bricks had been lifted off and laid on my shoulders I finally had answers for questions I didnt even know I had But now I was left with than just my mothers brain to worry about If you have a deep cut, you go to a doctor and get a stitch If you have a cold, you go to a doctor and get medicine So what makes having something wrong with your brain any different The hardest thing in the world is to accept that something is wrong with you, face the uphill road to recovery ahead, and realize that none of it makes you less than human I had been so scared to end up as sick as my mother, I had refused to notice the warning signs I wanted to think that I had little bouts of depression caused by the heavy situations in my life, but that was not the truth The truth was, I was bipolar And I had been for several years The only difference between me and my mother was that I was catching the culprit early on I had a chance to end up differently My disorder is not something that can be cured, but its severity can certainly be controlled The process takes guts It takes a brave person to accept they need help and go get it It takes an even braver person to not feel shame in the process I understand psychiatry and therapy can be intimidating to a lot of people After I found the right treatment, and took the time to attend consistent therapy over the years, I felt so silly for waiting so long to finally find peace I know a lot of secure women and men who go to therapy They dont see it as an admission of a flaw They see it as a luxury, serving their minds the way a massage spoils the body And if modern medicine isnt your deal, then try homeopathic methods Try meditation, anything Just taking the time to put your mental health first, acknowledging that it deserves respect and care, and accepting help when you need it, can save your life You are worth saving And you are not alone.This book is for every young woman who couldn t find a seat at the lunch table AJ Mendez Brooks writes about loneliness, mental illness and finding her place in the world with genuine vulnerability and perhaps importantly, genuine strength Amy Koppelman, author of A Mouthful of Air, Hesitation Woundsand I Smile Back A.J Mendez Brooks is a stunningly gifted writer Crazy Is My Superpower is at once breathtakingly honest, hilariously funny , self deprecating and incredibly inspiring I absolutely loved every page of this book.Julie Klam , New York Times bestselling author of Friendkeeping and You Had Me at WoofThis woman is 52 of raw talent, heroic honesty, and gut busting humor AJs story left me both breathless and feeling like I should be jumping up and down shouting, Yes, yes, oh my god, f k yes Deborah Copaken, New York Times bestselling author of Shutterbabe and The Red BookAJ Mendez Brooks candid account of her struggles and success offer young women a wonderful role model regarding how to be yourself, stand up for what you believe in and embrace the crazy AJ s story promotes empowerment, not just through physical strength, but through emotional strength as well.Dr Jen Hartstein, Family Psychologist and author of Princess RecoveryThis compelling memoir, written with genuine humor and strength, shows how AJ persevered over circumstances that a lesser human would have been destroyed by She is truly a SuperHero.Caroline Rhea, Actor, TV Host, and Stand up ComedianAJ Mendez Brooks is the role model we desperately need in todays culture Authentic and inspiring, AJ embraces her challenges, bravely discusses her past, and shows us all how to turn pain intopower Emily Roberts MA, LPC The Guidance Girl Psychotherapist and author of Express Yourself A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Being Who You Are Brooks successfully uses her own life story to show how a perceived weakness 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