Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg (Review by Caitlin Winkler)

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As a reader I tend to gravitate toward fictional stories mostly due to enjoying the escape into an entirely new world. As the famous quote by George R.R. Martin states, “a reader lives a thousand lives…”. Because of this, I often find myself not diving into many non-fiction books or memoirs, unless it’s about a topic that I’m truly interested in. Having said all this, I am so happy that I was given a copy of Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg to review, as I would have been missing out if I overlooked this book.

Hurry Down Sunshine is the recounting by Michael Greenberg of his daughter who, at the age of fifteen was “stuck mad”. What follows is a heartbreaking first person account of a father watching his daughter experience a manic episode, psychiatric treatment, medication side effects, and the stigma that tends to follow mental illness. The authors’ writing style really drew me in and made me feel like I was observing his journey, his confusion, his sadness, and his anger.

As a mental health counselor myself, I am very well versed in psychiatric diagnoses. What Hurry On Down shows us as readers, however, is the emotional toll that mental illness can take on a family, as well as the individual. Michael Greenberg was able to convey in a beautiful way the struggle between wanting to help and having no idea how to do so. I would highly recommend this book.

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