Cutting the Soul: A journey into the mental illness of a teenager through the eyes of his mother

Cutting the Soul: A journey into the mental illness of a teenager through the eyes of his mother


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Theresa Larsen's son, Matthew, comes to her with a cut on his hand, explaining it away as an accident with a pocket knife. But as she cleans and treats the wound, she discovers dozens of slashes covering both of his arms. Thus begins Larsen's compelling personal memoir about what it's like to be the parent of a mentally ill teenager.

Cutting the Soul offers a firsthand look at mental illness, both financially and emotionally. Matthew, fourteen years old when he starts cutting, goes on to face other hardships, including suicide attempts, severe depression, and multiple stays in psychiatric hospitals.

Readers get an inside look at Matthew's life through the inclusion of his selected journal entries, and Larsen shares her own struggles with personal demons as she tries to help her son. It's a first-person account and an educational guide worth reading for any parent who's coping with the mental illness of a child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502933102
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Florida native Theresa Larsen graduated from Florida State University with a degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She taught school in England and Wales while living in the United Kingdom for twelve years. Her writing credits include a Welsh children's book with English translation, and an educational article published in the Cardiff Advisory Service for Education manual in 2002. She has a daughter and a son and resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and German shepherd. Learn more about her at

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