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

  • karen tyrrell

    Good for you ! Hope the new beginning will bring you the publication you so desperatley want. There are not enough books out there covering the subject and surely this can only help someone going through the same thing as you did. Hang in there and be positive.

  • Thanks Cuz Karen, for your never ending support and belief in “Me and Her”. I know I have the support of many like you who want to see it published:))

  • Hi Karen, I recently started a writing course, and feel so much like you, I had to write. I too have so many deep stories that need releasing and writing is a source of healing for me. Found this site off FB and wanted to say hi! I love your outlook and admire what you have been doing to cope. Will look forward to reading your work, haven’t had time to do a good read, but I will be. Stay well x

  • Hi Sharon, nice meeting you today on Creation Road and on your FB page. The best thing we can do for our Recovery it to write and keep writing and reflecting. Thanks for your interest and support:))

  • mark russell

    Hi Karen, it sounds like your Me and Her memoir is destined to be published. With your short story of a similar theme being published in August 2011, and with a positive review from professional editor Sally Odgers under your belt, one would think the natural gravity of the situation, along with your personal experience of bi-polar suffering, and the fact mental health is rising to the fore in the media and governmental policies, would lend itself to publication.
    If you want, you could be a guest speaker at a monthly FAWQ meeting in the city this year. Good luck with it all.

    Mark Russell
    Vice President of the
    Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland.

  • Thanks so much Mark with connecting with me first on Twitter and then here on my website. Thanks too for your positive appraisal of ME AND HER’s publishing potential. I would be pleased to speak at your monthly FAW (QLD) meeting in Brisbane. Could you please email me possible dates from April onwards? … Karen :))

  • Sonya

    Hi Karen, I have to really congratulate you.
    I really feel that I too can change my life around. I would have to get involved in a group in my area if they have one. I live in a very small town, and the people here frown upon anyone with a mental illness. I have been called crazy, and even evil they fail to realize that I am suffering with a real life situation and their awful words only hurt even deeper. I would like to make people aware that having a bipolar disorder is not something that I choose to do or even can help, but I can turn it into something positive therefore I want be the laugh or talk of the town.

  • Thanks Sonya for following me over to my website.
    You definitely can turn your life around. You need to be persistent and determined.
    When you join a group in your area, please choose one that’s positive and supports you. Chose your friends carefully too. Stigma against mental illness is running rife everywhere so you need to protect yourself.
    Good luck on your journey to Recovery 🙂

  • Karen,
    The best of luck with the agent and then publication. Pouring your heart out about your illness deserve plenty of encouragement. People need to know about this touchy subject, especially from someone who has experienced it (not a medical professional). Due having short stories already published, you obviously have writing talent, so keep being positive and good things will happen. I’d like to know what the agent thinks and what they can do to push the manuscript.

  • Thanks for finding my website Donna and your encouraging words of support. I’m under consideration by an agent and I haven’t signed yet. My Kids sci-fi is on the brink of publishing and I hope the memoir will follow. Karen :))

  • Lisa Marie

    Hi Karen and congrats on your book ME AND HER: A Memoir being published – PLEASE keep us posted on Facebook as to when it will be available! How many pages is it? I am in the midst of writing my memoirs, got two chapters in the bag, but now it’s slow going due to some stress in the family. I can’t concentrate on it. I’m sure the writer’s block will dissipate soon though. Again, congrats to you and look forward to hearing more good things about it!

  • Thanks Lisa, for your support for ME AND HER and I promise to keep you updated with its progress into Publishing. Its round 78K words long, over 240 pages :)) Good luck with your own memoir … Karen :))

  • James Stafford

    Well done! Best of luck to you.

  • Thanks James for the good luck wishes and for checking out my website. Good luck with yours too :))

  • Thank you for that great post. Please feel free to visit our website CIC.

  • Thanks Bree, for dropping over to my website and leaving a comment. Many Thanks. May I ask you, How did you find me? I’ll head over now and check out your CIC site :))

  • Michelle

    Hi Karen

    It’s great to find your site:) When will me and her be published? I’ve got bipolar 1 and and even though I get told it’s severe I’ve got hope that I can over come it like yourself x

  • Hi Michelle,
    My book was requested by an American Publisher. Hope its published soon. I send out a monthly MH newsletter with positive strategies to keep well. Whats your email address and I’ll add you to the contact list?
    If you go to my website and click on the category ” SPEAKING OUT ON BIPOLAR” scroll right down past 16 posts and you’ll find pages 1,2, 3 of “ME AND HER :a Memoir of Madness” . Good luck on your journey to recovery :))
    Karen :))

  • Tindy Chaggar

    Hi there

    I am very intersted in reading your book- is it available anywhere at the moment? My friend has bi-polar, and i would like to try and understand more about it!


  • Hi Tina,
    My book was requested by an American Publisher. Should be published soon.
    If you go to my website and click on the category on the top right, ” SPEAKING OUT ON BIPOLAR” you can read 16 posts On Bipolar and you’ll find pages 1,2, 3 of “ME AND HER :a Memoir of Madness” right at the bottom.
    I send out a monthly Mental Health eNewsletter with positive strategies to keep well. May I add you to the contact list?
    Good luck on your supportive journey to help your friend :))
    Karen :))

  • Josie O'Sullivan


    How lovely it is to find someone who has similar interests and values and lived experiences as me!
    I thank you for your time and I am looking forward to connecting with you more in the future. I too am in the process of writing my own book.

    Keep me posted.


  • Hi Josie,
    Thanks for connecting with me on Facebook and following me here to my memoir page.
    I look forward to getting to know you better and sharing our common interests.
    Good luck with your book :))
    PS. Josie is the name of my main character in SAYONARA, my crime faction based on a true story.

  • I have bipolar myself and always interested in making others more aware of the realities of bipolar: that most of us do very well on medication and can achieve great things despite our illness. Further, our illness is only a small part of who we are, not our identity!

  • Nice to meet you Cate. Thanks for coming over from PlanBig to support me. I agree with everything you’re saying.
    I had some very severe psychotic episodes and I have come a long way in my recovery. Hope you’ll stay tuned as ME AND HER will be Published soon!

  • […] psychological abuse on a daily basis. Karen details the parents’ harrassment of her in her book, Me & HER: A Memoir of Madness. She describes one incident involving Allie’s reading […]

  • Hi Karen, would love to read your book… was thinking of writing one myself 🙂 I experienced depression and anxiety and have now recovered but only after doing a lot of “work” to change my life and understand myself. As a bloke I’ve had to rethink my ideas about masculinity and get a whole heap of emotional skills that I lacked. Now I work part time helping others in their recovery.

  • Hi John,
    Lovely yo meet you here and over at Karen Tyrrell Author page.Thanks for sharing your recovery journey from depression and anxiety. I encourage you to write your story as so many are working through these issues. You can find my books on Amazon. ME & HER:A Memoir Of Madness …
    and ME & HIM: A Guide to Recovery … … wishing you all the best Karen 🙂

  • Karen

    Your courage and strength are an inspiration to everyone struggling with mental health issues. The honesty you bring to your writing will help reduce the stigma around mental illness by educating and informing people.

    It is only through people like you that those in society lucky enough not to be affected by mental illness will realise how lucky they are and also learn not to judge others.

    Thank you for your dedication and commitment to raising both the profile and understanding of the effects of bipolar and other mental illness and the fact that recovery is possible.

    I look forward to meeting you and talking in more detail.

    Thank you

  • Hi Ian,
    Thanks so much for coming over here to check out my website and my books.
    Like you, I’m passionate about mental health and dream of seeing changes to Mental Health awareness.
    Look forward to meeting you for a chat… take care, Karen 🙂

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