Ida Grove, IA (PRWEB) April 13, 2013
People talk a lot about mental illness in today’s world, but that does not necessarily mean our understanding of it has increased. In “Straightjacket Memories,” Jonathan Nelson is sharing his perspective of bipolar disorder from the inside. His book is a memoir of mental health from struggling with the “beast” as a child to his eventual diagnosis. Nelson started writing about these feelings as a way to deal with his illness. His honest approach to describing the experience sheds new light on what it’s really like to live with mental illness.
“My story is one of hope and inspiration to not just those who deal with mental disorders, but for those who know of someone that struggles with anxiety and severe depression,” he says.
Nelson credits his Christian faith with helping him through much of the recovery process. In “Straightjacket Memories,” he speaks candidly about how mental illness affected his faith. He also describes how the church responded, which many churches either ignore or do not address effectively. As he searched for God in the midst of trials, he found that life was meaningful, which gave him strength to master challenges.
Nelson says, “I strongly believe that God allowed us to go through so many trials to serve as glory for Him when we share our story.”
Nelson’s faith helped him get through trials, and he believes others can improve their struggles with mental illness by putting God at the center of their lives, too. The book also includes a 10-step plan for people to “tame and conquer their own bipolar ‘beast.’”
Nelson says, “By no means have I conquered this disorder but I have control over it and have a methodology for handling situations that could create compromising behaviors in my life.”
By Jonathan Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4627-2249-5 (sc); 978-1-4627-2251-8 (hc); 978-1-4627-2250-1 (e)
Approximately 132 pages
Available at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.
About the author
Jonathan Nelson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in spring of 2008, even though he struggled with it most of his life. Despite addictions, financial and familial struggles and severe depression, he enjoys a successful career as an elementary school physical education teacher and high school basketball coach at a small school in Iowa. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife, Alicia, have three daughters.