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Author: Rachel Lindsay
Genre: Non-Fiction / Mental Health
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: September 4, 2018
A graphic memoir about the treatment of mental illness, treating mental illness as a commodity, and the often unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness.
In her early twenties in New York City, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Rachel Lindsay takes a job in advertising in order to secure health care coverage for her treatment. But work takes a strange turn when she is promoted onto the Pfizer account and suddenly finds herself on the other side of the curtain, developing ads for an antidepressant drug. She is the audience of the work she's been pouring over and it highlights just how unhappy and trapped she feels, stuck in an endless cycle of treatment, insurance, and medication. Overwhelmed by the stress of her professional life and the self-scrutiny it inspires, she begins to destabilize and while in the midst of a crushing job search, her mania takes hold.
Her altered mindset yields a simple solution: to quit her job and pursue life as an artist, an identity she had abandoned in exchange for medical treatment. When her parents intervene, she finds herself hospitalized against her will, and stripped of the control she felt she had finally reclaimed. Over the course of her two weeks in the ward, she struggles in the midst of doctors, nurses, patients and endless rules to find a path out of the hospital and this cycle of treatment. One where she can live the life she wants, finding freedom and autonomy, without sacrificing her dreams in order to stay well.
My Review of Rx:
Bipolar and mental illness as a whole is a very important and serious topic that is not talked about nearly enough. I applaud Rachel for putting her story out there for others to read and understand.
My husband is Bipolar and although he’s more prone to the depression, he does become Manic at times. There are actually 2 common forms of Bipolar, Bipolar 1 (more manic episodes) and Bipolar 2 (more depression episodes).
Rachel appears to show signs of Bipolar 1 in this book. Unfortunately, my husband has been hospitalized many times for his Bipolar. It’s never easy for the patient or the family.
This book is a very good example of what the struggle is really like. People that have never had a loved one with a mental illness tend to think if they just take their medication then they will be “normal” or stable. This is so no the case. Sometimes medication stops working, and it’s a struggle, in general, to find what medication will work at all.
This is a great quick read (since it’s in comic form) for anyone to read that wants a small insight of what struggling with a mental illness is really like.