I really admired the author for writing in a manner than included a great deal of both insight and humor. Readers will find themselves captivated by his experiences and the fact that he is able to maintain a sense of humor about all that has happened to him. The amount of personal information he shares is also extremely helpful because I felt that by sharing everything, even the embarrassing experiences, will help others relate to him, and in turn gain a greater understanding of the experience of being bipolar.
I also think that Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind will help remove some of the stigma associated with being bipolar. Obviously, it isn’t an easy mental health condition to have to live with; however, reading Derek’s story will help people who don’t have it understand that the ones who do are human beings who deserve compassion and respect for having to ride the rollercoaster they are on. I highly recommend this book for people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and for those who deal with those who have it, including both professionals and loved ones. Derek Thompson’s memoir has had a huge impact on my life, and I really appreciate his willingness to put it all out there.
(Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)