of Born Mad
Born Mad by Robyn Wheeler is receiving 5-star reviews on Amazon and readers are praising
the authors ability to put her feelings and emotions into a simple message every one can relate to.
May 23, 2012
"Today, we observe a lot of rage in people around the world" is one of the sentences
i had to highlight during the reading of Born Mad. The excursion into the inner life of a chronically angry person was amazing,
revealing, sometimes stunning. It surely requires a lot of courage to live a life of constant resentment, madness, and inner
turmoil and not give up seeking for help and support despite the relative rarity of the condition.
As i see it,
there's nothing against proper medication under medical supervision, as Ms. Wheeler describes it on the basis of Prozac. Therapy
can achieve a lot, but there are limits, and it's only reasonable to use drugs. To demonize psychotropics is narrow--minded
and petty. Very often the right medication is the basis of personal development and a fulfilled life. A big plus that the
author advocates for the use of SSRI's.
The spiritual approach makes this book even more worth reading. One feels
the intent of the author to help others affected by DD, and her personal commitment to show ways out of the suffering.
The openness with which Ms. Wheeler shares her story deserves deep respect. A highly recommendable book which
may contribute to more understanding of mad people. -Brian
I sat down this morning with a hardback copy
of "Born Mad", and I read
the entire book cover to cover. I'm a therapist and many of my clients struggle with mood disorders including anxiety, depression,
and dysthymia. In "Born Mad" the author takes us through her own lifelong experience with a mood disorder she didn't
know she had, her growing sense that something wasn't right, her ongoing efforts and experiments as she tried to find help,
and her eventual discovery of both a diagnosis and a treatment. I would recommend this book without hesitation or reservation
to anyone suffering from a mood disorder as well as to friends and family of anyone suffering from a mood disorder. Robyn
takes difficult psychological and medical concepts and makes them easy to understand, personal, and relatable. Buy this book
and you will find it to be highly readable, educational, and enlightening. - P. Milam, MA, LPC
Robyn Wheeler is a courageous woman. She writes openly
about a condition that's not easy to talk about. For years Robyn has struggled with chronic anger, anxiety, and hopelessness
until one day she was given a diagnoses that turned her life around. She has dysthymia.
It sounds exotic, doesn't
it? But it's actually quite common, although most who have it might not be aware of it. Dysthymia is a chronic, low-grade,...Read More
Wheeler is a courageous woman. She writes openly about a condition that's not easy to talk about. For years Robyn has struggled
with chronic anger, anxiety, and hopelessness until one day she was given a diagnoses that turned her life around. She has
It sounds exotic, doesn't it? But it's actually quite common, although most who have it might not be
aware of it. Dysthymia is a chronic, low-grade, long lasting depression. It's the kind of mental disorder that still allows
one to take care of their daily activities, their work, and their families, but the sufferer struggles with depression, anger,
low feelings of self-worth, guilt, emotional pain, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.
Robyn's book is easy to read
as she chronicles the events in her life that brought her to the point of seeking psychiatric help. She is candid and forthright
about the things she's said and done, and the guilt and anxiety it has caused her. The purpose of her book is to inform so
that others who may be suffering from this disorder can seek help and experience the peace and happiness she finally achieves
through medication--in this case, the much talked about Prozac.
I was keen on the pages that stated the facts and
symptoms of dysthymia, as well as the ways to cope with it. Apart from finding the right anti-depressant for her, Robyn also
talks about her new-age spiritual beliefs. Although I didn't always agree with her viewpoint, I feel just as strongly that
a relationship with God and belief in his Holy Word do make a difference for those fighting depression.
book inspired me. Apart from dealing with mental illness in my work field, I know first-hand what it means to experience depression
ever since I went through post-partum depression after the birth of my second child. Years later I still cope with this lingering
illness but through natural remedies, and after reading this book I now have a name for what I'm up against!
highly recommend this book to any who are interested in mental illness, for professional or personal reasons. Robyn has, in
effect, written a book that is almost like a case study, using her life's journey to encourage others to get professional
help. It's a captivating, insightful and inspirational. - Laura Fabiani
felt her childhood was full of anger. Not anger directly because of outside influences; in fact, she said she had a
happy childhood. It was an anger within. It was as if she had no control over it and it eventually had a name
– dysthymia. To back up, she recollects there were times she was the brunt of many practical jokes and later hearing
her parents argue. The parents ended up splitting up but she says she was happy it happened because it was better than
hearing screaming all the time. “As a child of divorce,” she says, “I much preferred shuttling back
and forth between two houses than listening ot the bickering. If two adults can’t get along, it isn’t healthy
for their kids to witness this.”She later tells us that because of all the bickering, it affected her throughout her
own marriage and it went on for many many years. Throughout her adult life, she found herself cowering when someone
yelled at her. People would tell her she had a bad attitude and that no one enjoyed being around her. I mean think
about it, would you want to be around someone who was negative all the time or someone who smiled and laughed and made you
feel good to be around them? “I often wonder why I had any friends,” she wrote. “I couldn’t
have been fun to be around. I wasn’t someone I wanted to be around, so how could I expect others to want to be
around me?”Robyn goes on to tell us about different instances in her life which included childhood tantrums and adult
denial. She didn’t see what others saw nor did she care what they thought. Her intentions on telling us
this back story was in the hopes of helping others who may be behaving in a similar way and have no idea why. Born Mad
was written for those who feel angry all the time and have no reason why nor do they have any idea on how to snap out of it.I
chose this book to review mainly because I do have someone in my life who is constantly not happy with the world and I wondered
if, after reading Robyn’s story, I would come away with some hope that this person might get some help. I will
definitely be passing this book down to him/her. I will say that after finishing the book, I came away with a new knowledge
of a disease that could happen to anyone. If you know someone who is habitually angry all the time, you’ve definitely
got to check out Born Mad by Robyn Wheeler. Read her story of how she beat the demons that were plaguing her whole being
and became the person she truly wanted to be. -Literally Speaking.com, reviewer unknown