Pangaea: Confessions of an Erstwhile Mermaid

Pangaea: Confessions of an Erstwhile Mermaid

by Kathy Chiles

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I was asked why I wrote this memoir. The answer to that question, in a nutshell, is to help people. In this book, I hope to give people in the same circumstances as I was, or their friends and family, hope- hope that there is a happy ending. Beyond that, I hope to impart knowledge of what to expect on the journey back to sanity, and an understanding of mental illness from the mentally ill person's point of view.

My family didn't have any suspicion that there was something wrong until about two weeks before I became involuntarily committed to a mental hospital. Even then, they still had no real concept about what was going on with me or the process involved in involuntary commitment or recovery from mental illness.

There was nothing to give them that knowledge. I hope to change that for other people, by giving some insight into the mind of an insane person and the process of recovery from a serious mental illness. If friends and loved ones know what to look for, having gone vicariously on a journey through insanity themselves, they might be able to head off a hospitalization of their loved one by getting the mentally ill person help before they become incapacitated.

When you read this book, it's like a trip to a ride at Disneyland. You experience each phase of the illness as if you are going through it yourself. When you're finished, you will have vicariously lived through my mental meltdown and returned to my present state of sanity, all from the comfort of your armchair.

Feel free to laugh. There's plenty to laugh about. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016728599
Publisher: Kathy Chiles
Publication date: 05/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 197 KB

About the Author

As a 48 year old professional woman, Kathy Chiles had a psychotic break with reality. After her initial diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder with psychotic tendencies, she was involuntarily hospitalized for three weeks at a mental hospital. After her release, she has been working on her recovery. She has a bi-weekly blog ( and is an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), where she speaks to groups of people about what it's like to live with a mental illness through a program called In Our Own Voice.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathy Chiles is a courageous writer.  She takes us on a journey into a mind that splintered, what that felt like to her and how she is still working on finding herself again. Friends, family and those afflicted with mental illness can learn from  her experience.