Book Review: Stress Fracture by Tara Meissner

Stress Fracture: A Memoir of Psychosis This psychology memoir is about the things that break us and how we heal. It offers a raw view a 33-year-old wife and mother swallowed by psychosis. The episode includes meeting Jesus Christ, dancing with Ellen DeGeneres, and narrowly escaping eternity in the underworld. Casually called a nervous breakdown, psychosis is an entrapment outside of self where hallucinations and delusions anchor. Family, doctors, and fellow patients witness a nonverbal, confused, distraught shell of a woman. In the security of a psychiatric care center, the week-long psychosis broke and spit out a bipolar patient in the cushioned place of middle class medicine. Outpatient recovery consumed the better part of year with psychiatric treatment and spiritual contemplation. Left scarred and damaged, health returns allowing her to tentatively embrace a grace and peace earned through acceptance of bipolar disorder.

I have this lovely friend, whom I met at a writers’ conference years ago, who has finally taken that leap into the publishing world and decided to self-publish. I’m so glad she has as this story deserves telling. Her fascinating memoir, Stress Fracture, tells of her experience with a psychotic break and learning she had Bipolar Disorder. She’s been one of my biggest supporters during our years writing together in critique groups, or hashing things out over email and I am so proud of her accomplishment. She’s worked hard to get where she’s at and if you’re looking for a gripping summer read, even if you don’t usually read memoirs, give this one a try. It’s available on Amazon and other retailers.

I gasped, I got teary-eyed, I even laughed. Stress Fracture is a great book and I’m so glad I got to see it through the beginning stages to completion. If you’re interested in learning more you can also find the author on Facebook under Author Tara Meissner.Enjoy!


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