Through creative memoir, Jenga Towers Collapse tells my story of confronting change and understanding my mental illness as I transition into college. With Generalized Anxiety Disorder and panic attacks dictating my way of thinking and symptoms of dissociation diluting my humanity, I learn to understand the value of others as well as the fragility of the self.
What Topics Can I Expect?
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Depressive episodes due to GAD
- Interpersonal relationships during transition into college
- Emotional development and understanding of growth in adversity
- Personal identity with mental illness
- Covers important mental illness topics for adolescents and young adults
- Resonates with younger people
- Acknowledges the challenges of change, especially in entering college
- Reflects on the past and looks to the future as someone with mental illness
The Power of Books
When I was struggling with the change of growing up and the way my brain functioned, all I wanted was to feel less isolated. I would’ve loved reading a book like this when I was trying to feel less alone. There’s a great deal of power in solidarity.
I primarily chose to share this story for the sake of my own mental processing and reflection, but my story is not entirely unique to me. It may resonate with you. It may teach you something. It may teach someone you know. Share this story for the sake of empowering others to share their own.
About the Author
I am a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in English Writing Studies with a minor in Communications Media. During the week, I am most likely sitting in a corner of the library, listening to Clair de Lune on loop, and trying to write something worth reading. On the weekends, it’s almost a guarantee that I’m drinking hot chocolate with my best friends while we make fun of bad movies. Thanks, in advance, for reading my book. I hope it can mean something to you like it means something to me.