Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey through Bipolar Disorder

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As eighteen-year-old Amanda spirals into mania, her father, psychiatrist Dr. Jerry Benson, sees the realization of his worst fears: his daughter is not just moody, but truly ill. With his words, his diagnosis--manic depressive illness--his world and that of his family is forever altered. Carol, Amanda's mother, struggles with the guilt and shame of having raised a "crazy" daughter. Christy, Amanda's fifteen-year-old sister, denies the illness; after all, my sister's a bitch is so much easier to accept.

Meanwhile, the Bensons' extended family offers up everything from unconditional support to uncomfortable scrutiny as Amanda careens between bouts of frightening violence, cosmic euphoria, and suicidal despair. Then there's Ryan, an architecture student who is initially ensnared by Amanda's manic sexuality, but is ultimately captured and held throughout the chaos by the force of love and strength of family.

Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder follows a family through the tragedy of bipolar disorder, but it's not tragic. It's funny, sad, and thought provoking--and as real and as raw as mental illness itself.

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About the Author:

Karen Winters Schwartz was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio.She wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher,Mrs. Schneider, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did notwrite again for forty years.

Educated at The Ohio State University, both Karen and herhusband have shared a career in optometry in Central New York's Finger Lakes region,while raising two daughters.

Karen is the president of NAMI Syracuse (National Allianceon Mental Illness), a strong advocate for mental illness awareness, and asought-after speaker at health association events and conferences across thecountry. Karen knows firsthand the devastation that mental illness can wreak ona family. She has talked to hundreds of families who have dealt with thefrustration of a broken mental health care system. She has experienced theprice of stigma and has felt the isolation that ignorance, misunderstanding,and judgment can inflict on everyone involved. She has also experienced the joy of therecovery of a loved one, stressing early detection and treatment as the key tothis success.

Her widely praised novels on mental illness (Goodman Beck Publishing)include Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: AFamily's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, 2010; Reis's Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia, 2012; and The Chocolate Debacle, 2014.

Through her books, Karen opens up discussions about theimpact of the negative stigma associated with these neurobiological braindisorders. Her books are not only honest and engaging stories, but are advocacytools, educational tools, and a comfort to those dealing directly andindirectly with mental illness. Through literature, she educates whileentertaining, elicits empathy while telling a great story, and advocates byreaching those who just don't "get it."

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Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? is an engaging family story of what happens when the eighteen-year-old daughter develops bipolar disorder. It is very well written and accurately reflects the effects of this disorder on all members of the family. Strongly recommended. --E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of Surviving Schizophrenia and Surviving Manic Depression

Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? is a coming of age story. It provides an authentic look at a teenager, her family, and friends who struggle to come to terms with the onset of her mental illness and to find a balance between hope and acceptance. Read it for its own sake. Read it to learn. It speaks to many truths. --Michael J. Fitzpatrick, MSW Executive Director, NAMI National

Fasten your seat belt as you're drawn into the Benson family's desperate 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

Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? is a coming of age story. It provides an authentic look at a teenager, her family, and friends who struggle to come to terms with the onset of her mental illness and to find a balance between hope and acceptance. Read it for its own sake. Read it to learn. It speaks to many truths. --Michael J. Fitzpatrick, MSW Executive Director, NAMI National

Fasten your seat belt as you're drawn into the Benson family's desperate 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

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