The Tattered Tapestry: A Family's Search for Peace with Bipolar Disorder

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"I am no longer a poet. I have lost all my words."

Vibrant, intelligent, and active, nineteen-year-old college student Karla Smith embraces the future with unbridled enthusiasm. But when she suddenly loses interest in everything she always loved, her family is understandably alarmed. Where is the bubbly, optimistic Karla they all know and love?

Weeks go by and Karla hides under her bedcovers, refuses to engage in any of her passions, and ...

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Overview

"I am no longer a poet. I have lost all my words."

Vibrant, intelligent, and active, nineteen-year-old college student Karla Smith embraces the future with unbridled enthusiasm. But when she suddenly loses interest in everything she always loved, her family is understandably alarmed. Where is the bubbly, optimistic Karla they all know and love?

Weeks go by and Karla hides under her bedcovers, refuses to engage in any of her passions, and returns only a wall of silence to her family's pleading questions. Eventually diagnosed as bipolar, Karla experiences the illness's major symptoms of recurring depression and periodic mania. Her parents, Fran and Tom, and her twin brother, Kevin, endure her tragic lows and euphoric highs for seven long years before Karla loses the battle with her illness, committing suicide at the tender age of twenty-six.

The Smith family weaves threads of pain, confusion, grief, and hope into a moving portrait of the challenge and tragedy of bipolar disorder. But it's Karla's own story-her brave fight against the debilitating disorder and her enduring struggle for balance, acceptance, and peace-that lies at the heart of this book, offering hope and strength for everyone who suffers from bipolar disorder and their loved ones.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583483855
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 809,369
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Tattered Tapestry Reaches Your Core

    Tattered Tapestry I would say is a must read for those trying to understand the bi-polar disorder, depression and suicide - how it affects one personally, their family and friends. As a youth minister, often times one may think they know what is going on with a young person, but sometimes you 'don't' know what's really going on within them. With so many struggling with this disorder or other forms of depression, reading Tattered Tapestry can only better equip humankind in how we respond and how we accept what we're dealing with. The family's Tattered Tapestry story WILL move you, to the core of your being.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    A must-read for families struggling with mental illness of a loved one

    This book would have to be of tremendous help to anyone who has a loved one struggling with mental illness. The story is terribly sad, but also insightful, hopeful and educational. The primary writer, Tom, presents the parental point of view of Karla's illness with heartbreaking clarity. The journaling of Karla's twin brother, Kevin, made me feel like I was living in those terrifying days with him, as Karla's worsening mania put family and friends on high alert. There are even sections written by Karla herself, which provide a most valuable, unique and introspective glimpse of how she coped with and perceived her bipolar illness. How incredibly valuable this extraordinary book is! I highly recommend this very unique and special memoir.

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