A Very Thin Line:

My Journey with Bipolar

a memoir

Rohan Sharma

"Rx Mundi"

One in five people living with bipolar die by suicide. Forty percent of people with bipolar have a run in with the law at some point in their lives. This is a story not often talked about but necessary to be told. Rohan Sharma takes the reader on a confessional and genuine journey through his bipolar episode that left him incarcerated and serving time in jail. He does not shy away from the darkness that exists in this reality and encourages others living with mental illness to seek the help they need so they, too, do not end up in unfathomable situations such as he found himself in. Despite the darkness he faces, he finds a way to focus on the light and the positive, and while incarcerated makes the biggest discovery of all: his self and who he wants to be. 

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Praise for 'A Very Thin Line':

 

"Sharma's informal and conversational writing style makes for a fast-paced read and paints a vivid picture as if he's sitting right beside you, telling you his story in person.

 

There have been many impressive memoirs about mental health. Very few, however, take those memoirs and add an extra layer of the confinement of prison.

 

Under that context, it wouldn't be wrong to say that not since Prozac Nation a memoir expressed a more fitting amalgamation of the vile truth of having a mental illness and coming out victorious in spite of it as well as because of it.

 

In spite of the main subject matter being very grim and dark at times, A Very Thin Line beautifully juxtaposes Sharma's story with the feeling of optimism and believing in yourself for anyone who's ever felt stuck between a rock and a hard place due to a mental illness."

 

from Neel Trivedi's Review

Read excerpts:

"Preface" - Tepid Autumn blog

"Spider in the Storm" - Elephants Never

"The Art of Self-Acceptance" - Elephants Never

About the Author

Rohan Sharma is a national speaker and rapper who goes by the stage name “Rx Mundi”. He became an avid mental health advocate subsequent to serving a twenty-three month jail sentence after pleading guilty to an armed robbery that took place in the fall of 2011. At the time, Rohan was a medical student at Drexel University. However, due to his mental illness being misdiagnosed, he was given the wrong medication which induced a psychotic episode. 

 

He mainly speaks at high schools and college campuses as part of NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” program, demonstrating the power of positive thinking to students as well as how he was able to create order in his life. His story has been featured by “This Is My Brave” - an organization dedicated to telling the stories of those afflicted with mental illness. In addition to this, he is being showcased in an upcoming documentary by academy award winning director Ken Burns. 

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