Noted authors Cinda and Linea Johnson will speak about the challenges of bipolar disorder Tuesday at a luncheon sponsored by Jewish Family Service of San Diego to support of National Mental Health Awareness Month.
The two authors, mother and daughter, wrote Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, A Mother’s Struggle to Save Her. The book chronicles Linea Johnson’s sudden shifts from a happy, well-adjusted teenage daughter to a depressed and hopeless college student, and her family’s struggles to help her.
Facing her worst fears for her child and nagging doubts about her own decisions, Cinda Johnson vigilantly guarded over her daughter. Through electroshock therapy, depression, mania, cutting, bulimia, drug and alcohol use, and endless struggles with the wrong medications, it was ultimately their trust and shared truths that helped Linea Johnson get her life back.
The inspiring journey breaks through the stigma of what it means to have bipolar disorder, and, more importantly, what it takes to live with it. The Johnsons’ story reaches beyond the personal to the universal state of mental health today and gives us insight into how our society can be more successful in the delivery of mental health services.
Founded 1918, Jewish Family Service has been a community resource for people in times of need, with more than 50 programs for children, families and seniors in San Diego County and the Coachella Valley.