Mental health issues are one of the most pressing concerns of the masses today, accounting for approximately 1.4% global mortality rate or one death every 40 seconds. A mental illness may devastate a person’s life and mental stability, causing an increase in negativities, which might end in suicidal thoughts. However, the reality is that it doesn’t only affect the sufferer, but it can also destroy a home—the victim’s family. Like Those Voices: The Demons in Mom’s Mind, Tina Harmon bravely shared her own experiences as a child as her mom suffered from Schizophrenia, a disease that will never go away in a person’s system. It may be prevented, but only with the presence of meds and after forgetting to drink for days or weeks, her mom loses her sanity again.
This narrative is a true depiction of Tina Harmon’s life and her experiences during her younger years. You can sense the anguish and sorrow of the author for all that she has been through and sympathize with her. At a young age, Tina Harmon had to deal with a rough life, fearful of what fate had in store for them. Harmon was born to a sixteen-year-old mother, who was still a minor. Her dad doesn’t even have the ability to take care of them since he was imprisoned. So, that’s when her grandmother linked her mother to John and subsequently got married. While her grandmother thought John was the best for her mother, they were suffering due to his gambling problems. Things are about to get worse and heartrending as her mother starts imagining non-existent things. Her mother heard voices summoning sinister forces everywhere, which wrecked her mental stability and resulted in a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.
The narrative was extremely saddening and depressing, yet it introduced a unique flavor that compelled us, the readers, to read a true-to-life narrative. Many of us are still unaware or lack sufficient knowledge of the topics regarding mental health; stigmas are everywhere, and a lot of bullying is happening. The book serves as a cognizance and an eye-opener for us to understand the reality of having a mental illness. The story was extremely captivating and engaging that despite the fact of being an autobiography, the author has effectively transformed it into a beautiful story, a story that holds a meaningful message. Tina Harmon used her life story in the book for a great purpose, and it was admirable that she was bold enough to reveal her complex life.
A highly engaging story that was really worth our time as it embarks us on a unique, enlightening, poignant, and convincing voyage towards Harmon. You will witness how a certain mental illness has her family’s lives shredded into pieces as the voices were consuming her mother’s mind, eventually affecting her and her siblings. Prepare for a heartbreaking voyage as we move mountains to bring you along and witness Tina Harmon’s tumultuous life. If you are into non-fictional books and autobiographies or someone concerned about mental health issues with an aim to educate yourself and others about the significance of it, you will surely love to read this one. It’s a must-have book that, despite a short read, will leave you with several life-changing realizations and be inspired with the spirit of courage Tina Harmon has.
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Pub Date: October 22, 2018
Page Count: 38
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc (October 22, 2018)
Review Posted Online: October 22, 2018
Writera Magazine Reviews Issue: mARCH 21, 2022
Category: Stress Management Self-Help, Women Studies, Mental Illness