Bryony Gordon has OCD.
It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.
A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed to laugh and live well while simultaneously grappling with her illness. Now it’s time for her to speak out. Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can.
Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.
I read this a week ago and the irony is not being able to write a review about mental illness because of your own …
This book is a must for everyone but especially those who have suffered or are suffering but also to those close to them . I wished I had read this years ago as it feels like Bryony has written down the thoughts and feelings that float around our heads .
I don’t think you can write a review on this book without disclosing something personal .So briefly ,I have had an eating disorder and been on antidepressants since I have been a mum .I’ve had post natal depression ,anxiety and more recently a breakdown with psychogenic seizures . Ive had lots of counselling but ive also got certificates from studying psychology and counselling . I have wanted and still do want to help one day those that are struggling because not only is mental illness a invisible illness it’s also very isolating .
It can be scary and there are times when you want to give up and escape the prison that is your mind .
I believe that if there is any way we can gain comfort or solidarity we should take it ,and authors and people in the media are key figures to do this .They are using their platform in a productive way to get their voices heard on an issue where there is still such a stigma .
I cried reading this and I just want to say thank you for writing this .
But Bryony has also gone one step further and created a social group for people to meet regularly which is incredible .
There were lots of parts I wanted to quote but since reading this I had a few days of darkness and a head fog so I thought where better to be real and honest than a review for a book which does what others don’t .
This book is raw and hard-hitting and will touch people on a personal level or give those who want a deeper understanding that opportunity .
I loved hearing about her wild days and bryony has a humour which you can see and I bet that helped hide her turmoil .
I can relate a lot to how she saw herself and how she treated others .
If this gets one more person talking about mental illness then Bryony has done her job.