*SELF-HARM TRIGGER WARNING*
CUTTING THE SOUL
Everyone knows that parenting a teenager can be difficult, but when the teenager has severe mental illness, an addiction, and is repeatedly trying to kill himself, it is life altering.
Matthew is fourteen years old when he first starts cutting. He is fourteen when he is first admitted into a psychiatric hospital, spending the next two birthdays in psychiatric facilities trying to overcome his illness and addiction.
Cutting the Soul is a journey into the mind of a mentally ill teenager as he faces intense feelings of depression, psychosis, addictive cutting, and suicidal behavior. This memoir details four years of Matthew's life through the eyes of his mother, health care workers, and Matthew's own journals. It shows the desperation of a mother battling through the world of mental health and her own "demons" of the past and present, in an effort to save her son.
It is an informative guide into mental illness today and illustrates how it is an illness in need of a treatment. This is a story for everyone, not just those directly experiencing mental illness.
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“Sitting here motionless, weeping my tears of iron. An embrace of woe so familiar. Only one single action can relieve me of my misery, but it has been forbidden. Like a match, it takes a few strikes to spark my courage. The tears dry up, but the overwhelming sorrow continues.”
"This is an extremely important book for anyone who cares for someone suffering from mental illness. If you haven't been touched by this disease, you will be touched by one mother's determination, will and love for her child to do what was necessary---even when necessary was heartbreaking. Cutting the Soul is an honest, open and emotionally jarring read with the power to offer hope and resources to those who need it and don't know where to turn."--Amazon Customer
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