Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2012

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

English

First Advisor

Jeffrey Porter

Abstract

It would be simple to call my project "a recovery story" or a "comeback narrative" or a "confessional memoir." Those titles are concise descriptions of what I'm doing, but they don't fit neatly. I don't aspire to confess or tell a story that's been told before. This is a manuscript about the over medication of America's youth, the misdiagnosis of teenagers and the inadequacies of the mental health system. That's the roof of the house. What you'll find beneath the ceiling is the bulk of the book--how I navigate through various traumas, a hell imposed on me by my own foolish decisions and the professionals tasked with fixing me. It's a story of broad relevance told through the lens of a survivor.

Pages

vi, 244 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 244).

Copyright

Copyright 2012 Thor Reabe Nystrom

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