3/06 Kate McLaughlin
"Mommy Im Still Here" concerns the life of an altruistic mother, one whom Fate has tested with the upbringing of two children inflicted with Bipolar Disorder. In it, she honestly conveys the truth about dealing with children with mental illness. As a result of this frankness, the reader can find hope in the beauty and richness that McLaughlin demonstrates can be found even in the face of, and the aftermath of chaos. More importantly, she not only shows what symptoms look like and how emotions feel, but also sheds light on the inadequacies and successes of modern psychiatric treatment. Although many scenes are often frightening, even terrifying, the reader nonetheless feels hopeful, perhaps even empowered, in the end. It is a must-read for any parent dealing with the upbringing of children who struggle with mental illness.