In Our Blood: A Memoir
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In Our Blood by Caitlin Billings is a memoir highlighting Billings’ struggle balancing her mental health issues as a licensed therapist. Throughout the book she details her past traumas and the underlying mental health issues that came to light because of them. To add to her battle, she also needs to learn how to navigate parenting a child with issues mirroring her own.
As you read more into the memoir, Billings writes of her feelings of failure as a parent when she learns her oldest child experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a family member. This causes her to relapse heavily as she berates herself for not being able to protect her child. This same child also undergoes a slow transition from female to male and struggles with their own mental health crises throughout the book.
As someone who also struggles with mental illness and similar past experiences to Billings, this book was extremely triggering for me to read. However, I thought she did an amazing job documenting what so many people who struggle with mental illness go through. The unsavory thoughts that come with low points and the chronic ups and downs experienced during mental health episodes were incredibly accurate to my own.
Every person’s mental health journey is their own and I commend Billings for being so candid with hers. At some points, I found myself frustrated with her actions and it helped me put into perspective how others may feel when I have acted similarly. I also need to give ultimate kudos to Billings husband for never giving up on her or their family, especially with everything the family had to experience.
In Our Blood is an impassioned memoir that shares an authentic journey. Despite the uncomfortable similarities between her life and my own, I thought this was an incredible depiction of mental illness and the struggles that come along with a diagnosis. In Our Blood is an important piece of mental health literature and should be a must-read for anyone looking for personal experiences with mental illness.
I do want to note that some chapters may be triggering for anyone who has struggled with eating disorders, sexual assault, or thoughts of suicide. Otherwise, I think these topics are handled with care in the book and discussed in a way that explores the issues in respectful but important ways.
Pages: 256 | ASIN: B09CCSTRH2
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Posted on November 8, 2021, in Book Reviews, Five Stars and tagged author, author interview, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, Caitlin Billings, ebook, family, goodreads, In Our Blood, kindle, kobo, literature, memoir, mental health, nonfiction, nook, novel, read, reader, reading, story, writer, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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