!Download ♜ Marbles ♘ Cartoonist Ellen Forney Explores The Relationship Between Crazy And Creative In This Graphic Memoir Of Her Bipolar Disorder, Woven With Stories Of Famous Bipolar Artists And WritersShortly Before Her Thirtieth Birthday, Forney Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder Flagrantly Manic And Terrified That Medications Would Cause Her To Lose Creativity, She Began A Years Long Struggle To Find Mental Stability While Retaining Her Passions And CreativitySearching To Make Sense Of The Popular Concept Of The Crazy Artist, She Finds Inspiration From The Lives And Work Of Other Artists And Writers Who Suffered From Mood Disorders, Including Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O Keeffe, William Styron, And Sylvia Plath She Also Researches The Clinical Aspects Of Bipolar Disorder, Including The Strengths And Limitations Of Various Treatments And Medications, And What Studies Tell Us About The Conundrum Of Attempting To Cure An Otherwise Brilliant MindDarkly Funny And Intensely Personal, Forney S Memoir Provides A Visceral Glimpse Into The Effects Of A Mood Disorder On An Artist S Work, As She Shares Her Own Story Through Bold Black And White Images And Evocative Prose
This is a graphic novel, likewise a memoir, about Ellen Forney s life before she was diagnosed, being diagnosed, not quite accepting that diagnosis, and then slowly coming to grips with it and with the medication You ll note that these books tend to follow similar paths, because on the whole people tend to follow similar paths Her art style is amazing, simple and cartoonish except when it s precise and detailed , and just from her art style and storytelling alone, I realized I ll read her on any topic now This was the book I was most excited to read, thanks to seeing some pages in a Huffington Post article about the book When it arrived, it didn t disappoint Go read it Go read everything by her It s definitely Not For Kids, but it s all excellent.From Buy, Borrow, Bypass Books About Bipolar Disorder If you re bi polar, don t look for much friendly banter with your psychiatrist ELLEN I don t want to take lots of heavy meds like Lithium.SHRINK Well, for untreated bi polar, there s a high suicide rate and an increased chance of hospitalization This is as chummy as Ellen s shrink ever gets. The following weekSHRINK How s your sleep ELLEN All over the place.SHRINK Are you taking the Klonopin ELLEN Yeah.SHRINK Let s raise it to 2mg.The following weekSHRINK I m concerned about how your platelet level is dropping on the Depakote but let s stick with that and add some Celexa I imagine this is intoned in a monotone like a chant.ELLEN I m worried that all these meds will make me lose my creative energy.SHRINK Well, maybe they will and maybe they won t We ll have to wait and observe.ELLEN Gee, well, I guess you re right about that.The following weekELLEN I m so sensitive and weepy all the time Is this mixed states or rapid cycling Getting into the jargon. SHRINK Well, rapid cycling means four or episodes in a year and mixed states means symptoms of both mania and depression Maybe we just need to adjust your meds.Urrrrghhhh So shrinks either state the blindingly obvious You seem to be a little bit down when the client is bawling her head off or chant the mantra we need to adjust your meds And I don t know if Ellen is libelling her shrink, but the way she adjusts her meds is to flick through a text book and say Here s one we haven t tried before, let s try that one THE SUB TEXT OF THIS BOOKIt s an investigation into the distressing question are humans just soft machines We re all very happy with the idea that our bodies are machines cut that bit off and transplant a new one in, and I ll be right as rain or even replacing limbs with actual machinery that s no problem But we get ticklish when we think of our brains in the same way In this book, Ellen is forever struggling with not wanting her creative self which is uniquely her to be crushed by Lithium and other heavy stabilisers We ve all seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, so we know what she means the fear of the chemical cosh Her worries aren t misplaced.The psychiatric industry says that if we shove a drug in your brain you will feel whatever the drug programs you to feel Your mind is just a lot of complex chemical reactions If we get the meds right, you ll feel okay But right now, the science is in its infancy Come back in a while when we ve done all the research there ll be no bipolar people, no schizophrenics, no mental illness at all This is something we can figure out So I think I would say two things yes, we are all soft machines, I think it s obvious, no souls, nothing like that, from nowheresville camest we, and back to nowheresville wilt we goeth and, all bipolar sufferers should maybe come back in a hundred years or so. Everything will be fine then, if we have still got a functioning planet, of course Between then and now, you re stuck with the chanting shrinks I think we should adjust your meds, I think we should adjust your meds, I think we should adjust your meds I should add that this candid book is way optimistic than I am this is so good so so so good i m going to say, first of all, that the quality of the artwork is amazing great drawing, sometimes really simple, sometimes really complex, with great utilization of ber cool graphic devices notably, a spiral notebook that seems like the real thing, ellen s real notebook, photographed, and may or may not be when i first got the book i quickly scanned it and saw that it dealt with bipolar disorder solely in medical terms, i.e as something the only effective treatment of which would be the right medication cocktail now, i don t like that at all i really believe that mood disorders are a very complex mixture of genes and environment i believe that in everything human you can never take the environment out of the equation so i was sorry to see that the book kind of sold medication as the only approach to ellen s terrible pain the book sat on my shelf for a while and then it sat in a friend s house for another while and now i read it, and it s really not like that i mean, it is like that, but, also, it isn t yes, ellen only sees a psychiatrist and the psychiatrist s only overt contribution to her well being is finding the right meds which she eventually does but the book is also very complex about the relation between ellen and karen, the psychiatrist, in that they have regular sessions for 13 years and counting, i suppose , and in these sessions ellen really finds an anchor, a warmth, a haven of acceptance, love, and help also, the whole role of medication is problematized, analyzed, discussed, investigated, studied this is cool ellen definitely comes out in this extraordinary memoir as well rounded, interesting, and intriguing this is the perfect companion to Alison Bechdel s Are You My Mother bechdel approaches her pain through psychoanalysis, fornay through medication, but there is the same level of complexity, engagement with one s life, and intelligence seriously, this is brilliant and captivating and it was hard to put it down it seems to me increasingly important, as i think about these issues, to understand that there are things that work for someone and things that work for someone else there s a strong strain in the survivor community that is virulently anti drugs i think it hinges on some people s disastrous experience with drugs drugs can have terrible consequences on some bodies, and positive consequences on some other bodies when you are someone whose life has been ruined by psych drugs, you tend to totalize your experience and proclaim them the devil but they are not the devil for everyone there are people whose life has been saved by psych drugs the other thing is that ellen s experience of psychiatry is incredibly gentle her psychiatrist seems absolutely fabulous this is not a common experience many psychiatrists all too many are dismissive, arrogant, and belittling of their patients this happens all the time so if you work on getting better with a psychiatrist who actually listens to what you say, takes in what you want, and honors your experience with respect to what does and does not work for you, medication might be a much better experience than if you deal with a psychiatrist who simple decides what you should take do feel etc i had a student once whose psychiatrist regularly mocked her whenever she had something to say for herself, he d say that she was being manic and to calm down this was a kid a college kid i told her, why don t you change psychiatrist but when someone gets into your head and makes you feel that he is god and you are an ant, you keep going back anyway, great book thank you ellen for writing it i don t know how you guys you, alison, etc do it this stuff must be harder than hell to put down on paper so, again, thank you. With Marbles, Ellen Forney invites us in to the realities of what it s like to live with bipolar disorder The blessing in this book is that it isn t harrowing or tearful though there are times my heart wanted to hug her while I was reading or dry, like many works on mood disorders Instead it s frank and honest and beautiful and ugly and funny Just like life any life, even the lives of mysterious depressed and bipolar people.I ve been a fan of Forney s comic style for many years, and the illustrations in this book are just as engaging as in the past, but it s also really interesting to see her not so pretty sketches The doodles of her head and what it feels like the version of her clawing to keep from being sucked into a deep dark void these are moving insights into the other ways she s used art to journal and heal.I loved reading Marbles As someone who lives with depression, Forney s book is company her term for my own journey. The first time I read Marbles, I was a bit disappointed given the title, I was expecting the book to have a strong focus on the connection between bipolar disorder and creativity, and what impact medication might have on that connection While that topic is touched on to a certain extent, this was mainly Forney s autobiographical account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, how it has affected her life, and the struggle to come up with a drug combo that worked for her in all areas of her life, not just in terms of her creativity Since I knew all this going into my second reading, I was able to appreciate the book for what it actually is This is an entertaining read that s also quite informative on this topic, so if you want to learn about bipolar disorder without investing in a longer, heavier read, I would recommend Marbles. A really great and creative work documenting the author s experience with bipolar disorder The book is fun and imaginative, yet still extremely dark She also makes the story somewhat easy to swallow.Great for anyone who is interested in learning about bipolar disorder or mental illness in an entertaining way. If you or someone you know has a diagnosis of bi polar disorder don t be frightened to pick up this book Ellen Forney has brought bi polar out of the closet in this brave, honest, funny and creative memoir Your experience may not be exactly the same as hers but you re bound to see the similarities After all, like any other illness, you will share somesymptoms .Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, Me is the best explanation of bi polar I ve read That it is a graphic novel makes it all the compelling Somehow I have always seen bi polar visually and Forney s depiction hits the nail on the head It s a gutsy, right in your face way of understanding a disorder that is often misunderstood and hard to explain It might not be an easy read, but it is truly fascinating.If you d like to know of Ellen Forney s creative spirit Ellen s Blog.Frankly I d love to read a copy of the book she facetiously mentions in her May 12th, 2014 blog post The Bipolar Emily Post in answer to the question regarding datingwhen do you tell the person that you re crazySounds funny but all too true. I ve had my eye on this particular graphic memoir before, but decide just this past week to finally give it a go I was beyond grateful to see myself so easily immerse into the intensely personal world presented in Marbles.Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney s memoir provides a humorous but authentic glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist s work, as she shares her own story through black and white graphic images and prose I went into this expecting a similar kind of storytelling presented in Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, but this graphic novel ended up differing for me in its achingly honest representation of living with a mental illness, along with exploring the author s bisexuality It also raises to light the significance of answering questions through a mix of research, storytelling, and honesty From exploring the stereotype behind the crazy artist to questioning if bipolar disorder creativity are actually linked, and answering the big one of If I take meds to prevent my mood swings, am I choosing to be less creative.This is a deeply complex, dark, personal, raw, fully fleshed graphic memoir unlike anything I ve read in the past Towards the end, in particular, when the issues raised were part medical, part philosophical was when the memoir left me most grounded It was a relief to discover that aiming for a balanced life doesn t mean succumbing to a boring one And I think now is a good place to let the work speak for itself by sharing some of my favorite pieces I ll cherish this educational, eye opening, and personal read for a long time to come By the end of it, Ellen Forney even shares an accurate visual of reaching that dreaded ending in your favorite booksNote I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buyingMarbles, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko fi.com bookspoils This graphic memoir about a young artist struggling with manic depression is like the chatty little sister to the works of Alison Bechdel While Forney s work is less dense than Bechdel s, it is just as interesting and forthright I initially picked this one up because Forney is the artist illustrator of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian But I was quickly drawn into her tale of twenty something angst where she tried to use her bipolar diagnosis to her creative advantage, exploring the number of artists who were also known to be suffering from manic depression For anyone who s ever wondered where creativity comes from, how our emotions play into it, and whether or not modern therapeutic drugs dampen our imaginative impulses.