“The definition of a hobby is an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure. There is a problem with this for me and folks with bipolar disorder.”
Title: OMG That’s Me!: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and More…
Author: Dave Mowry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genre: Mental Health
Length: 154 Pages
It can not be stated enough: living with a mental illness is hard and extremely taxing. I should know as I’ve had anxiety issues for practically my entire life and have been dealing with depression in recent years. There’s a small voice in my head constantly screaming at me about every single mistake I have ever made as well as overanalyzing situations I am currently engaged in. I feel as if I can’t tell anyone as I am so afraid of being judged. In turn, I deal with my problems myself thus making me feel alone in my fight. Luckily, we have people in this world to show us that we’re never alone and Dave Mowry is one of those people.
Dave Mowry is a blogger for the bipolar-focused, bp Magazine. But that’s not all he has accomplished. He performs stand-up comedy catering to individuals with mental illness while also helping others as a peer support specialist. He has also written another book titled No Really, We Want You to Laugh.
Mowry has done all of this while living with bipolar disorder, depression anxiety and more. He writes about it on his blog and eventually those posts became OMG That’s Me!.
Each chapter differs from the last, detailing his everyday struggle of mental illness. He reminisces on past businesses and lost friendships making the entire read engaging and extremely relatable. There were many times I thought about myself while flipping through the pages; almost made me want to say OMG That’s Me!
Humor is prevalent throughout the entire book giving me a sense of comfort chapter to chapter. Mowry never dwells on the negatives and keeps on moving forward. A powerful message for us all. I highly recommend checking out this novel if you are suffering from any type of disorder described on the book’s cover. It’s a quick read at less than 200 pages and can truly show that we are not as alone as we may believe we are at times.