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

User Review  - Dylan Skellenger - Goodreads

This was a pretty good book. For Hannnah Westberg, life has been rough for her because her mom is in and out of mental hospitals because of her own mental illness. Her dad is in very deep depression ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

"This is the story of a girl who refuses to be defined solely by her mental illness." Hannah's life has not been easy. After a stint in a mental facility she spirals downward into drugs and cutting ... 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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