Hannah: My True Story of Drugs, Cutting, and Mental Illness

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Health Communications, Incorporated, Aug 2, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 157 pages
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Hannah is a girl interrupted.

 For Hannah Westberg, life has been one big emotional roller coaster. As a girl, her mother was in and out of mental hospitals, so when it was her turn to visit the psych ward following a suicide attempt the summer after eighth grade, she had an idea of what she was in for. But that was only the beginning of Hannah's journey.

 Over the next five years, Hannah has engaged in dangerous behaviors--from pill popping and excessive dieting to cutting--and paid a high price. Her depression, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies have landed her in rehab and therapy and with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. But though she may have a label for her mental illness and tools for coping, for Hannah, life is still something she takes one day at a time.

'The psych ward is where you go to get from fragile to shattered. It's like taking your car to get washed and getting your windshield broken in the process.'

Because Truth Is More Fascinating Than Fiction


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User Review  - TFS93 - LibraryThing

This novel is written in snippets. A lot is repeated and it is hard to follow. It seems like she never overcame her demons so it would be hard to recommend to those who want to overcome theirs. I wish ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Hassig - Goodreads

A brave, honest, and emotional description of a teen dealing with mental illness and all that goes along with it. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Hannah Westberg (Vancouver, WA) is eighteen years old. She earned her GED and plans to enroll in Portland Community College's drug and alcohol counselor certification program. When she's not babysitting, she is probably volunteering for political and charity organizations, as well as participating in flash mobs.

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