The Third Sunrise: A Memoir of Madness
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- The Third Sunrise: A Memoir of Madness
- Abuse Information
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- Mental Health Experiences
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Surviving PTSD on HealthyPlace TV
Our "Recovering From Mental Illness" blogger, Natalie Jeanne Champagne, is out with a new book - "The Third Sunrise: A Memoir of Madness." In reading the sample chapter, I found her story extremely compelling but also sad.
Natalie was hit with early-onset bipolar disorder at 12 years old. Her parents put her in a children's psychiatric hospital where she spent the next two years of her life.
"The years I spent in the hospital were absolutely terrifying. Writing about my life as a child, a child sick and confused and locked in hospitals was difficult. I did not want to believe that child was me. This is largely why I became an addict. It hurt to think of my life, of the things that I had missed, the simple things that define childhood: school and birthday parties, sports and friendship."
Young Natalie was given psychiatric medication cocktails that promised recovery from bipolar disorder - a recovery that never came. By 20, Natalie found bipolar recovery in cocaine, heroin and alcohol. In part, it provided the escape from reality she was looking for. On the other hand, living the life of an addict led to abuse and almost her own death. Her drug use went on for 5 years.
Natalie is 27 now. "I have learned to accept my past," she says.
What is it she hopes readers will get from the book?
"Allow yourself to open your eyes, your heart, and recognize that my narrative is shared. Mental illness and addiction is a human affliction and if we work to understand this, more people will seek help and more of us will share our experiences. Above all else, share your message."
Pick up a copy of Natalie's book, The Third Sunrise, on Amazon. I have a feeling you're not going to put it down.
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- Effects of Bipolar Disorder
- Bipolar Treatment
- Do I Need to Go to the Hospital?
- Bipolar Disorder in Children: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment
- Supporting Someone with Bipolar: For Family and Friends
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- My Near Psychotic Break (The Bipolar Griot Blog)
- Self-Esteem in Girls: Helping Her Thrive (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Stigmatizing the Stigmatized (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Publishing a Book on Mental Illness and Addiction (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Back to School is Up to You (Living with Adult ADHD Blog)
- Mental Health Crisis Intervention Training: Thank You (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- Teaching Kids to Cope with Depression (Coping with Depression Blog)
- You Don’t Stop Verbal Abuse With More Words (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Facing The Fearsome Scale (Surviving ED Blog)
- Dealing with Stress by Looking for Humor (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Benny The Bipolar Bear – Mental Illness Mascot (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- Handling Pain Medication Responsibly in Addiction Recovery (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Trauma Disorders and Cortisol (Part 4): Managing Cortisol (Dissociative Living Blog)
- Preventing Violence with Schizophrenia (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a horrible thing. The American public had it's first real glimpse of the effects of PTSD when our veterans returned from the Viet Nam War. To this day, many believe PTSD results from the trauma experienced from fighting in a war. But that's not true. Now we know that any trauma - a rape, a plane crash or auto accident, or just being a witness to a traumatic event - can result in PTSD.
On this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, our PTSD blogger, Michele Rosenthal talks about the trauma she experienced at the age of 13. Michele lived with the symptoms of PTSD for 24 years before receiving a formal PTSD diagnosis. She shares the process of recovery and understanding PTSD.
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Staff, H. (2012, August 27). The Third Sunrise: A Memoir of Madness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 3 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/the-third-sunrise-a-memoir-of-madness