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NAMI Utah (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
Long before you have reached the final period on the final page, Andy Hogan has become your son or your brother. His eloquent writing skills and his sense of humor make this book very readable. Masterfully Andy makes you part of his early adulthood where excellence is the standard and obstacles are there to be conquered. As his goals become more and more ambitious and only perfection in all things at all times seems acceptable, you wonder expectantly where life will take this remarkable young man. It comes as no surprise that he is entrusted with an enormous challenge. Ignorant of his dangerous “inheritance,” he pushes more and more towards accomplishment until mental illness shatters his promising life. The reader will hardly forget the anguish and horrors Andy’s book describes both from his recollections and from those who were present during the episodes. Even after recovery, Andy’s life will remain overshadowed by his illness, but as his impressive book proves, a meaningful life can be found because mental illnesses are medically treatable.
Richard Davidson MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist
Stigma in our society viciously labels sufferers of mental illness as “hopelessly ill people who walk the streets alone talking to themselves that are beyond hope and help.” Andy Hogan’s book dispels these myths. Andy wasn’t a lonely, “crazy,” homeless person. On the contrary. In high school, he was popular, athletic, and loved by a beautiful girl. On his volunteer mission he was highly successful and well respected. No one ever suspected a mental breakdown of such intense magnitude could strike someone like him. It did. It does.
In my profession I have seen many highly regarded youth who secretly suffer deep depression or who, unexpectedly to all, fall prey to delusions or extreme mania. Such would do well to read Andy’s story. The lesson they will learn dissolves the myth that mental illness is untreatable and hopeless. When Andy finally faces his bipolar disorder humbly and honestly, he allows himself the help of professionals, proper and consistent medication, and the unyielding love of his parents. There he finds hope, relief, and stability.
Kent Watson, Former Mission President
I admire and respect Andy for his courage in being willing to put his story into a book. From my experience as a mission president, I believe such a book could be very helpful.
When I was first called to serve as a mission president, I had no knowledge of mental health issues and their effect on young people. I am sure many others are in the same situation. Back then, we had four serious incidents, all resulting in the missionaries going home. All four of the incidents increased my understanding and awareness of the issues involved. Each was different, but each related. Some were more on the depression, even suicidal, side of the cycle. Some were on the agitated side of the cycle. And some were more delusionary. All of them were serious and frightening for the missionary and me. I often thought that perhaps I could have handled things better had I been more prepared.
I hope this explains why I am so appreciative of Andy’s willingness to share his story. I believe it will be very helpful.