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Local Author Strives to Dispel Myths of Mental Illness

-- Alan Gettis, Ph.D., author of the award-winning book The Happiness Solution: Finding Joy And Meaning in an Upside Down World

"Fasten your seat belt as you're drawn into the Benson family's desper ate struggle to manage their eighteen-year-old daughter's terrifying plunge into a world where the line between rationality and madness is often blurred -- the world of bipolar disorder. I highly recommend this book. It will challenge, educate, and most importantly, it will inspire you."

-- Dr. Joseph J. Luciani, bestselling author of Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety & Depression

"What would it be like to be part of a family in which the teenage daughter begins to exhibit wild mood swings that are finally diagnosed as bipolar disorder? By entering the interiors of this young woman, her mother, father, sister, and boyfriend, Karen Winters Schwartz's novel Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? takes the reader on that roller coaster with insight and sympathy for all. Spending time with this family will be a comfort to those who have had similar experiences and it will deepen the compassion of those who haven't. The novel accurately portrays the complexities and strain of living with someone who has a mental illness, but it also offers hope as a result of the medical world's increasing understanding of biochemical imbalances in the brain."

-- Ginnah Howard, author of Night Navigation

"Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? is a tragic tale of a family besieged by per haps the most insidious of all diseases. It is one of those rare reads that can teach us something about the trials faced by those attempting to live with or support loved ones with mental illness, while also teaching us something about ourselves. It is a story of betrayal and anguish, of coming to terms with loss and accepting alternatives all of us should pray we never suffer. If you already know how arduous living with mental disorders can be, you owe it to the author to read this book. She has given your cause a beautiful voice--a fine example of the perseverance and will required to love someone so afflicted. But if you only think you know the trials and tribulations endured by those poor souls, you owe this read to yourself."

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