Committed: A Memoir of Madness in the Family by Paolina Milana from She Writes Press. After a decade of caring for crazy and keeping her mother’s mental illness a secret from the outside world, twenty-year-old Paolina Milana longs for just one year free from the madness of her home. When she gets the chance to go to an out-of-state school, she takes it, but her family won’t leave her be. Letter after letters arrives, constantly reminding her of the insanity rooted in her family tree.
Even worse, the voices
in her own head whisper words she’s not sure are normal. “Please don’t
make me be like Mamma,” she prays to a God she’s not sure is listening.
The unexpected death of her father soon after she returns home leaves Paolina in shock and in charge of her paranoid schizophrenic mother. But it isn’t until she is twenty-seven and her sister two years her junior explodes in a psychotic episode and, just like Mamma, is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and must be committed, that Paolina descends into her own despair, nearly losing herself to the darkness.
My Opinion: This book hits home as there is mental illness in my family and my brother has schizophrenia. This book lets you know that your mental illness in your family does not confine you and if you are struggling with that fact then don’t as this book shows Paolina put a lot of stress on herself when she has to take care of her mom and her sisters end up mentally ill and how to come back from the darkness that surrounds you and make magic!
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