I wrote these three reviews for GoodReads.
#1 Subtitled "adventures with mental health", this first issue is specifically about "becoming bipolar."
In her introduction, Laura-Marie writes, "I'm writing this zine so others can know what it feels like to be me. Also, it...more Subtitled "adventures with mental health", this first issue is specifically about "becoming bipolar."
In her introduction, Laura-Marie writes, "I'm writing this zine so others can know what it feels like to be me. Also, it could be entertaining. People are curious about the voices in particular. I am too--I wonder if other people's voices are like mine."
Topics covered include "what mania feels like," "what depression feels like," and "how I help myself." The zine ends with Laura-Marie going to mental health clinics and being evaluated.
I appreciate that the writing is accessible and personal, but not so personal I feel like squirming. I am fascinated by what Laura-Marie has to say and what we can learn from her experiences.
#2 The theme of this issue is "deeply myself."
Laura-Marie first writes about her distrust of medical institutions and her fear of psychiatry due to the "horrible things that have been done to people in the name of psychiatric care." She also goes into great detail about her appointment with a psychiatrist.
This zine is honest, honest, honest, easy to read and compelling. I recommend it to anyone trying to understand mental health, mental illness, and the mental health system.
#3 This tiny zine is packed full of information about Laura-Marie's struggle to get help for her mental health issues. In this issue she writes about support group meetings, how depression feels to her, the voices she hears (including a transcript of what some of them say), getting a new psychiatrist, somatherapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, and the Icarus Project.
I really get pulled in by Laura-Marie's writing. She shares very personal issues without making me feel like I have too much information. I really appreciate Laura-Marie's contribution to world of mental health zines.