More Serotonin, Please! With Lots of Lithium and a Twist of Prozac on the Side. Lord! I'm Black and Bipolar!
A Journey Through the Raging Highs and the
Blue Lows of Mental Illness
Pamela Allen Filip provides an intimate portrait of her life and
a touching glimpse into the life of her mother, Sister Minnie Ella “Minzie” Allen,
from whom Filip inherited her diseases.
Because of the stigma still associated with mental illness, the author has had
to fight for her chance to live a normal life.
More than once, Minzie’s illness took her from the cotton
fields to the Austin State Hospital in the ’60s. Her therapy
often included electric shock treatments, even when she was pregnant
with Filip. The author called her oldest sister “Mama” until
their mother finally came home. Although Sister Minnie found her
way back to sanity for a while, her demons plagued her once again
during the last years of her life.
Both mother and daughter went on compulsive cleaning binges during
manic phases of their illnesses. Today, Filip fights her diseases
with the help of her doctors and prescription medicines.
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