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This book is a story of a young Canadian boy who struggles against his peers, his family, his dreams and goals all the while suffering from a debilitating mental illness. He presses on and one day accomplishes his dream of learning to fly, only to be beat back down again and thrown in a mental hospital time after time. It is a story of courage, of inspiration and hope in a ...more
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Published September 19th 2011 by Leif Gregersen
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Laura Marchildon
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Through the Withering Storm: My Teen Years With Bipolar Disorder", by Leif Gregersen portrays the troubled life of Leif Gregersen, the author, who has Bipolar Disorder.
His saga begins as a youth, in 1985, when Leif is finishing up with the last of his summer vacation before returning to school in which he excelled.
It doesn’t take long for his mental illness to negatively impact his academics and his Air Cadets, which became an unhealthy obsession.
As the author ages, his behaviour becomes v
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Jennifer Defoy
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Even before I started reading this book I was drawn to it. Being someone who suffers with depression I like to hear other’s stories. It makes me not feel so alone in the world. Even when you’re surrounded by family and friends when you’re dealing with depression you still feel very alone. So having these stories is somewhat therapeutic for me. It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel. Someone else has been there and look where they are now – you can get there too. It was comforting to see so ...more
Lynelle Clark
I gave it 3.5 Stars
Well this is a tuff one to give stars for because it was not a fiction but the life story of Leif Gregersen about his mental illness struggles and his victory. At times the story just did not make sense to me, the confused details cause me to loose the author's point he wanted to carry across.
We are taken back to his last days of Junior High school August 1985 and what he would like to do when the last bell rang, he went on to go on an air cadet camp. At the camp he did every
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Annette
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Source: Free copy from author and Pump Up Your Book publicity.
Summary:
Leif Gregersen has written a transparent memoir of his decent into manic-depression or bi-polar. His story begins at age thirteen. This was on the cusp just before symptoms appeared. The innocence and naivete of childhood was left behind, followed by several years of out of control chaos and trouble.
Leif describes the symptoms that plagued him and yet he ignored. He expresses the torment of what his family and friends went thr
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Simone
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is the story of Leif Gregersen, a young man suffering from mania and bipolar disorders. His story hit home for me because I suffered silently with anxiety and severe depression for years before I was diagnosed and treated. I loved Leif’s writing style, the way this was written you don’t feel like it’s an autobiography. He had many ups and downs before he finally realized that he needed help. My heart broke for him the fi ...more
Athena Nagel
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I wanted to read this story because I have adopted children that struggle with mental health illness. They have never really been able to communicate their struggles so this book really helps to understand some of their internal struggles. This was painful to read. I worry about my children and their future already - The Withering Storm adds a new dimension of concern. However, as we learn more about mental illness there is more understanding and more treatments available. At points through the ...more
Craig Boughton
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was a fairly interesting account of the author's growing up with mental health issues. While there were many events with details and it seems like he had a rough go of it growing up with these issues, his writing simply didn't draw me in to where I could grasp his experiences emotionally - I couldn't own his feelings, the feelings that I know would have been there.

DISCLAIMER: I received this as a winner of goodreads giveaway.
Shay
May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this e-book.

This is not a book to be picked up for its stylistic strengths, but rather to gain an inside perspective of the experience of living with a mental illness. Read More
Teresa
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A good read about a man with a mental illness.Enjoyed learning a little more about bipolar disorder. I won my copy thru a giveaway here on Goodreads. Thanks for picking me. Will be putting this in the library here in my apartment building.Love to read and pass them on for others to enjoy.
Leif
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young people who are not sure if they need help
Recommended to Leif by: psychiatrist
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I was born in a small city that was full of life and opportunities to find happiness. I had a lot of love in my family, my parents were good to me, though as I grew older I started to slowly develop manic depression/Bipolar Disorder. If you don't know what bipolar is, just go back a while and look at Charlie Sheen. You can recover from an illness like bipolar, but it takes time, care and support a ...more
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