Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness by Karen Tyrrell

ME and HER: A Memoir of Madness by Karen Tyrrell

*5 STARs on Amazon

“Brisbane teacher who cared too much – ended up in psychiatric facility. Serves as a warning to all of us. Make a great movie!” … Spencer Howson: ABC Radio
“Karen’s story of courage and inspiration … Impact of mental illness and what the joy of recovery really means.”  Richard Nelson, CEO of Queensland Alliance of Mental Health

Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness by Karen TyrrellME and HER: A Memoir of Madness reveals how Karen Tyrrell, a dedicated Australian teacher is repeatedly harassed by parents at her school to breaking point and beyond. In a fit of desperation, she escapes and runs.

Police and medical professionals discover her hiding in a lonely motel, forcing her into the frightening world of the psychiatric system.

The reader is taken back to the classroom. We discover how the harassment affected Karen as we journey through her gradual decline and disintegration leading to her incarceration.

Later Karen performs an ‘experiment’, purposefully stressing over a disturbed student, keeping herself awake at night. All in order to kick-start the creative ideas she craves.

Karen reveals her psychic relationship with her psychologist, her pitch-black manic dreams and her two personas.

ME ─ wife, mother, writer and teacher.

HER ─ manic, psychic, healer to the living, telepathic to the dead, and she’s very psychotic.

Why did she become so crazy?
How did she claw her way back from Insanity?

Click HERE  to buy ME and HER: A Memoir Of Madness . eBook or as a print book.

 *5 STAR* REVIEWS: Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

I was totally hooked

“Brisbane teacher who cared too much, ended up in psychiatric facility. A warning to all. Make a great movie!” Spencer Howson: ABC Radio

“Karen’s story of courage and inspiration. The impact of mental illness and the joy of recovery.” Richard Nelson, CEO QLD Alliance Mental Health

“This is one of the strongest hooks I’ve ever read – it was instant. I know this is real; I know this is your pain and your anguish ─ but my goodness, congratulations on your bravery. ”
─ Kaz Delaney, author of Dead, Actually – Allen & Unwin, 2012

Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness… An emotional tale of overcoming barriers associated with mental illness”   The Reporter: April 25, 2012                                                          Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

‘I’m using Me and Her as inspiration for a mental health support group to take an active part in their recovery. I have recommended a sign in the book room Karen Tyrrell creative writing group – stories of loss, grief, hope and recovery’. Art Antonius, mental health advocate, leader of mental health group

Karen Tyrrell reveals her struggles with bipolar disorder in her new book. Me and Her sends out a positive message about the resilience of the human spirit” ~ Albert & Logan News: April, 2012

“Karen Tyrrell has made a significant contribution by telling her story of mental illness in her courageous memoir.  In brave and beautiful prose, Karen recounts her struggle with bipolar – telling not only how she became ill, but also her desire to understand her illness and prevent a reoccurrence.’ – Audrey Streetman, USA mental health advocate.

I recommend Me and Her  for people with bipolar disorder. Or those who know people with bipolar. “Daniel G, Reviewer for MC Reviews, mental health activist        

READ #20 pages of Me and Her for FREE!! … Click HERE

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The sequel ME & HIM : a Guide to Recovery came out March 2013.

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84 comments to Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness

  • Stevey

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Marilyn Zoelfel

    Good luck with finding an agent and publishing it.
    I believe writing can be a healing process. I look forward to reading it and your other books.

  • Simone

    Well done & Congratulations Karen
    Looking forward to reading your story.

  • Marian Rigney

    Congratulations. I looking forward to reading it when its published

  • Karen Tyrrell

    What a fantastic achievement for you, Karen. I am so proud of you and can only wish you every success with your first book which I feel sure you will have published.
    Keep me posted on developments.
    Karen Tyrrell (yes the relation!!) Christchurch New Zealand

  • viv

    Be brave. Once I had a highly personal story of mine published, had a few negative comments but eventually everything settled down. In hindsight I`m glad it was published it put everything into perspective for me. Hope to see it in print also.

  • Sue E

    Wishing you all the best with publication, Karen. I look forward to the opportunity of reading “Me and Her”. Website is great-very accessible (even with my limited IT skills!).

  • Sue and Vivienne, Thanx so much for your kind words of support.

  • Robin

    Your’s is truly a remarkable journey, Karen and I admire your courage in overcoming aversity and for writing your experiences so openly. Your book has an important message and I wish you luck in getting it published. I’m sure it will!

  • Theodora

    I’m sure ‘Me & Her’ will be an interesting read not only for the recreational reader but also for those interest in the Social Science field. Your story will tell others there is a way through this experience and it is ‘All OK’ again.

  • Mary

    All the best with publishing this unique story.

  • Mary

    Karen, I’m so pleased you have reached this stage with your Me & Her memoir. As an early Reader of your work I am moved by its quality, honesty, compelling prose and potential for enjoyment and information by general, academic and specific reader groups. Wishing you all the very best and eagerly awaiting news of publication.

  • Thanx Mary, LOVE YA! XX … PS I’m eagerly awaiting too!

  • Mary

    Karen, how absolutely thrilling!! I can imagine your excitment & we’re all sharing it with you!! love xxxx

  • Jacqui

    Great to hear that you are making some headway Karen.
    You have used your personal challenges to launch into this exciting journey. I hope the destination is all you dreamed it would be.
    Sharing personal experiences can add empathy, meaning or colour to the lives of others. Chin up and full steam ahead!

  • Hi Jacqui, Lovely to hear from you … Thanx so much for your support … Karen

  • Good luck with getting this book picked up, Karen. The more information about mental illness out there the better. xx

  • judi Cox

    Hi Karen, The Society of Women Writers Qld members at yesterday’s meeting were moved and inspired by the excerpt you read from Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness. You could have heard a pin drop! We hope you feel supported by this group of women writers, and look forward to hearing more at the next meeting. Judi

  • Hi Judi, Thanx so much for allowing me to read an excerpt from Me and Her. I felt the support and empathy from the ladies. Look forward to reading more at the August meeting … Karen

  • I would love to meet you one day and also to read the book. Sounds like a remarkable story- I’ve also had a brush in with depression.

  • Hi Kalyan, I would love to meet you too! Let me know when you’re in Brisbane next. There’s so many you’ve had a brush with mental illness … It’s HUGE!

  • Karen, congrats on your memoir and speaking out on your personal experience.When I hear of individuals speaking out against stigma and mental illness,I think of the quote from Ghandhi.”You must be the change you want to see in the world. This is not a problem that will fix itself. Here we are in the age of the millenium and it is unbelievable the mindset of today’s society.When I read your comments about the bewildered looks and unanswered e-mails it hit home for me. My 19 year old daughter is working toward mental Wellness.(I like to look to the positive and call it wellness.) and has had similar experiences. I will always be her advocate and speak first hand for people everywhere.One voice is never enough. Blessings to you and your journey.

  • Thanx so much Melissa. I wish you and your daughter the very Best on your Journey to Wellness.

  • You’re a very brave woman, Karen. The book sounds great.

  • Nearing the end of a great creative journey Karen – well done. Congratulations too on your perserverance and determination to be heard. I look forward to purchasing the published version of ‘Me & Her’ and keeping in touch. Be tweetin’ you! Tina (Jett5) 🙂

  • Hi Tina, Just got back from Holidays. What a lovely comment to open! Thanx so much for your support and encouragement! Be tweetin’ you too! Karen :))

  • Robin

    Amazing news from Allenn and Unwin. I’l be walking around with everything crossed for you. Not a pretty sight but if it helps . . .

  • Thanx Robin. LOL I really do appreciate your special effort for me … PS I left 2 comments on your website! Karen X

  • Congratulations on overcoming your struggles. Have a great day!

  • Hi Chris, Thanx for your support and interest … Checked out your website and sent a LINK to Facebook … Karen :))

  • Madonna

    Hi Karen, it was lovely meeting you recently. Looking forward to reading your published work – Me and Her a Memoir of Madness, an autographed copy of course:)).
    You’re my muse Karen, inspirational,a catalyst for action, thank you.
    Moving forward, I signed up for the online summer course “Intro to Creative Writing” with Kate Eltham. Commitment… eek! Thumbed through the online book mentioned on your blog, The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes’… CONFRONTING:)) Where can I buy it beside… I tried Angus and Roberston- 4-6wk wait. I like the concept of writing one page per day over 365 days =?? Oh but the pain from the stretch of doing it … Creating the Writing Pattern. lol Cheers Madonna

  • Hi Madonna, It was lovely meeting you at Brisbane Square Library. Thanks so much for your kind words. Good Move with QWC’s writing Course … Kate’s fabulous!! You should be able to borrow ’38 Mistakes’ from your local library. I did … I wish you the very best with your writing endeavours. Remember … Daily practice makes all the difference … Hope you’ll make it to my Book Launch in 2010. … Cheers, Karen :))

  • Madonna

    Yes I’ll definitely be there… and waiting patiently for my personalised signed copy:))

  • Hi Madonna, With your enthusiasm and support you’ll make Me and Her’s Book Launch a reality. Cheers, Karen :))

  • Donné Morgan

    Hi Karen – congratulations on your determination and courage in getting this memoir published. I also am driven to write when manic and the creative output is incredible. In my case, the manic events are rare and the severe depression more constant which then stifles the confidence. I am sure your book will be published and sell well, giving all more insight and hope. Would be very interested in chatting to you further about our similar experiences.Humour is such an important element of this serious illness and I have many a memory of doings with the colour red.
    Warm regards and good luck. Donné

  • diane

    i’m interested in your project, had a hellride with BP myself, including a stint in jail, state hospital and was on life support when i took 60 seroquel. Damn near died. Well for 3 years now, by the Gace of God, Lithium and a wonderful therapist. And hard work.
    Two things..”a memoir of madness” dont take this the wrong way but i have seen or read that so many times. I like very much the Me and Her…i felt like it was a different person than me when i was out of mind.

    The statistic you quote from a teacher that one in 50 will get BP..that sounds way too high to me. I do not know the exact numbers but I would check that out before I had it on a mental illness web site. Part of the problem is the overdiagnosis of this, so people like us who really have it can get lost.

    Good luck with your book.

  • Hi Donne, Lovely to hear from you and thanks for your encouraging words of support. My experience with bipolar is quite unique, not experiencing the depression but the euphoric highs and hallucinations. Humour is part of the healing process. I would love to have further discussions with you. Thanks again. Karen xx

  • Hi Diane,
    You certainly have had one hell-ride with BP!! Glad to hear you’re recovering. The statistics 1 in 50 with BP which includes those not yet diagnosed, comes from a very reliable source. Those statistics cover all career groups but I suggest even higher with those involved in the creative industries. Many writers have come forward to tell me about their diagnosis.
    My manic episodes were extremely intense with me hallucinating, experiencing psychotic thoughts and Black Dreams. Luckily I was obsessively compelled to write everything down.
    Thanks for your interest and support. Hope to hear from you again soon. Cheers, Karen :))

  • Hi Karen,
    there can never be enough books on mental illness written from a personal perspective. Those suffering need to know they are not alone, and that they are not the first or last to go through this journey. They also need to know there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Well done, I look forward to seeing it on the shelves.

  • Lyn, thanks so much for your support and encouragement for ME AND HER … Cheers, Karen :))

  • Look around you, There are real people, Who have or have had severe mental health problems,These few brave people amongst us need to be supported, In every way, If we ever intend to end the stigma placed upon us by our very own society we live in, How can we ever expect the children,”Our future” to learn how to treat us any different than there forefathers. One voice one World
    So proud of you Karen Rock on
    Bernie damaged minds UK

  • Thanks Bernie, for dropping by and checking out my BLOG and my Memoir. You’re right …we must speak up about mental illness. Its HUGE and people are crying out for support.
    Thanks for supporting my little Voice … Karen :))

  • Great news well done- It is always good news to hear a `little voice` has been given a megaphone! This in itself is a milestone and substance for the next chapter of your new life you recovered.

  • Hi Suzanne, Thanks so much for dropping by and giving your words of support. can Harly wait for the Next Chapter to enfold >>> Karen :))

  • Karen.
    I have been a therapist for 28 years and have worked with many people who have experienced bipolar disorder. I have had the privilege to have worked with someone for 15 years both helping him monitor his cycling and working with him on his emotional issues. Really knowing him has given me a brief window into his experience. I am so looking forward to reading your story. I feel we can never exactly how another person experience a feeling or a state of being. For those of us who treat people who have BPD and do not have it ourselves. We can never know what it can be like to be in the head and have experience both the various types of manic and depression episodes and all the emotional feelings of terror to eurhoria to depths of despair.

  • Thanks Karen for sharing your experiences in treating those with BP. You’re right, only those who have roller-coastered the full gambit of Emotions can truly know what a BP suffers feels. Thanks for your support. Karen:))

  • Anne Wall

    Looking forward to meeting you & reading your book!

  • Hi Anne, I’m looking forward to meeting you too. Hopefully at Logan Writers week. Thanks so much for your interest in my Memoir. Finalising the “last draft” now … Karen :))

  • Karen,
    I salute your courage and fortitude. Congratulations, you are a Survivor. I wish you all the very best of luck with getting your work published. I have been known to fall into the abyss of depression and I know and hate that black hole that consumes your soul and strips away your dignity. To crawl back up and to walk in the sunshine is an amazing feat. If your work can shine even a tiny slither of light on those who are still struggling to climb out of depression, then you are a sainted person. I support you wholeheartedly.
    Pamela Tatt

  • Thanks Pamela for dropping by to look at my site. My story concentrates on the opposite end to depression … When after experiencing extreme stress and trauma, I developed high anxiety, night terrors … and mania as a way to escape. Thanks for your very kind words of support and encouragement … Karen :))

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