Book Review: Teeny Little Grief Machines by Linda Oatman High Teeny Little Grief Machines (Gravel Road) (9781622508839):  Linda Oatman High: Books

Title: Teeny Little Grief Machines

Author: Linda Oatman High

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction/Books in Verse

Number of Pages: 243

Rating: D

Recommended?: No

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Creativity and Bipolar Disorder

Yesterday I told my job counselor that I had written an almost 400 page manuscript in less than a month. She seemed impressed until I quickly told her, “I have Bipolar Disorder. I was just riding the high.” Why did I say that? Well, I think it’s because I feel more comfortable letting my illness take credit for my creative intensity than me. To be honest, I’m not proud of anything I’ve ever done. My life has been made up of a series of bad judgement calls and mistakes, and I don’t think I have anything to be proud of. My psychiatrist was concerned about hypergraphia because of how fast I was filling up journals, and she wanted to make sure the things inside my journals made sense.

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