Perfect Chaos by Linea Johnson

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Don't miss this fascinating dual-voiced memoir of living with mental illness.
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The Johnsons were a close and loving family living in the Seattle area - two parents, two incomes, two bright and accomplished daughters. They led busy lives filled with music lessons, college preparation, career demands, and laughter around the dinner table. Then the younger daughter, Linea, started experiencing crippling bouts of suicidal depression. Multiple trips to the psych ward resulted in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and it took many trial runs of drugs and ultimately electroshock therapy to bring Linea back. But her family never gave up on her. And Linea never stopped trying to find her way back to them.
Perfect Chaos is the story of a mother and daughter's journey through mental illness towards hope. From initial worrying symptoms to long sleepless nights to cross-country flights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust, Perfect Chaos tells Linea and Cinda's harrowing and inspiring story, of an illness that they conquer together every day. It is the story of a daughter's courage, a mother's faith, and the love that carried them through the darkest times.


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Linea Johnson is a recent graduate from Seattle University, with a major in English and Creative Writing. Prior to transferring to SU, she completed three years at Columbia University, Chicago, in a musical performance program. Linea recently worked as an intern at the World Health Organization in the Mental Health department. She is a national speaker and writer, advocating for understanding and support for people with mental illness and the elimination of stigma. Cinda Johnson, Ed.D., is a professor and director of the special education graduate program at Seattle University. She is also the principal investigator and director of the Center for Change in Transition Services ( She is a national leader in the area of transition from high school to post-high school settings for young people with disabilities. She has written articles and book chapters in the area of secondary special education and transition services including youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and mental illnesses.
Published May 8, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 335 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Mar 15 2012

A simultaneously painful and inspiring page-turner.

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Reviewed by Kristin Wilson on Mar 30 2012

Even though the material in the book isn’t always upbeat and positive, it is a well written, clearly told, inspiring story.

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Luxury Reading

Reviewed by Jill Elizabeth on Jul 23 2012

Mother and daughter have very different voices, but their stories are presented in equally clear, concise, and incredibly open language...

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She Knows

Reviewed by Candace on May 07 2012

Don't miss this fascinating dual-voiced memoir of living with mental illness.

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Letters Inside Out

Reviewed by Amanda on May 14 2012

What Linea and Cinda have accomplished with this book, is hopefully going to open more people’s eyes to the disorder and dispel some beliefs.

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As I Turn the Pages

Reviewed by Jael on Jul 28 2012

It's a very powerful book, one that I'm sure will help a lot of people struggling with mental illness.

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Reviewed by Cindy Roesel on May 14 2012

The bottom line is PERFECT CHAOS makes serious strides in moving toward a world free of stigma attached to those with mental illness.

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