'Flirting with Madness,' focuses upon the mental illnesses, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Depression.
'Flirting with Madness' is written under the pen name of Louise Ellison. This is due to the confidentiality of her occupation and to protect the identities of those she is close to. This book is a raw and honest account of her experiences as a sufferer of mental illness, told in a sensitive and wry manner. It focuses upon the relationship between counsellor Maggie and Louise. It was Maggie's use of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy that provided Louise with the skills to deal with the possibility of living with BPD in conjunction with OCD and Depression.
Alongside the details of therapy sessions, 'Flirting with Madness,' contains unedited diary entries that provide the reader with honest and accurate thoughts of a mental health sufferer.
'Flirting with Madness' is the words of a young woman struggling to find her identity in the world and make sense of what is 'normal' whilst trying to stay on the correct side of the borderline. I hope you enjoy this honest account.
About the Author
Louise Ellison is a pen name chosen to protect the identities of those she loves and the confidentiality of her profession. She is a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression and undergone treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. Born in 1985, in Northern England, Louise has suffered with mental illness since she was an infant and has been through the adolescent and adult mental health services.
Louise Ellison graduated from The University of Teesside with a 2:1 hons in Criminology with Law and has worked in the Criminal Justice System for over 8 years within the Prison Service and Youth Offending Service.
Heavily influenced by the new wave music and literature movement, Louise is liberal in her political views. Louise is also a keen musician who plays bass and sings a band from the north of England.