Yellow Tulips: one woman's quest for hope and healing in the darkness of bipolar disorder (Paperback)
In a story of remarkable perseverance, Helen Joy writes a memoir of her unusual childhood, her mental breakdown at age 31, and how she fought for a year to stay alive in the mental healthcare system. Yellow Tulips is filled with the ugly truth that is mental healthcare in this country, but is beautifully woven with threads of hope, family, and resilience. This book is a must read for those who want to love others better.
Through her personal experience with the mental health care system and treatment centers Helen Joy exposes the lack of care and understanding modern medicine has for individuals who grapple with trauma. Helen Joy is the modern day Nellie Bly who actually suffers with those who are in the mental health care battle. I hope, like Mrs. Bly, that through Helen Joys experience there will be much reform and change with how we treat and understand patients with trauma and mental health issues, like Bipolar Disorder. The lack of good care needs to be addressed.