Marbles is the journey we embark on with writer, cartoonist Ellen Forney when she receives the diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Ellen illustrates life through new eyes, being able to recognize when she is both manic and the depression that follows.
At the time of her diagnosis, Ellen, like so many of us, was apprehensive about medication. As a creative, she worried about possible side effects and was deeply disturbed at the thought of medicine stunting her art and her personality. When Ellen decides to try medicine we learn that the battle is just beginning as finding the right fit is a bit of trial and error that spans years.
Ellen's journey is fascinating and relatable. She illustrates the highs and lows of bipolar disorder with grace and candor that is well appreciated and easily consumed. I love the format of this graphic novel as it reads like a novel and a memoir. I found myself not wanting this book to end.
I would recommend this book to anyone that would like to know more about Bipolar Disorder, especially what mania and depression can look like to others and feel like for the human that is going through it.
Reading about other people's lives is how we build empathy.
Peace & Love