She Smiles and Cries

Reflections 1

by Inshirah Aleem



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/28/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 68
ISBN : 9781468595673
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 68
ISBN : 9781468595666

About the Book

"She Smiles and Cries" is a memoir about Author Inshirah Aleem’s severe episode with Bipolar Disorder. The author parallels personal works of poetry with powerful writing to highlight the darkest times of her life. A period of time where she is afflicted with hallucinations, paranoia and a catatonic state that seizes her consciousness. Author Inshirah Aleem also provides a glimpse into challenges with family dynamics, medical treatment and her teenage peer group. If readers have dealt with a seemingly hopeless circumstance, they will easily relate to her story. Her memoir captures the possibility for us all to rise above pain… to smile after we cry.

About the Author

Inshirah Aleem was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. She currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Inshirah has been writing since childhood. Poetry and prose have carried her through dark times. At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with a severe form of Bipolar Disorder. She writes to educate, inspire and challenge the stigma attached to mental illness. She is a spokeswoman for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness),"In Our Own Voice", which is a program that provides a platform for individuals with mental illness to share their stories and educate people about mental illness. Nearly twenty years post-diagnosis, she has acquired a true appreciation for life and the humility to embrace her journey. She has been courageous in attaining high academic achievements and pursuing loving, stable family relationships.