Here is a topic many readers have come to me with. Is Broken really real?
Psychologists take up Broken and analyze the psychology. So many have reported picking apart the psychosis. Those diagnosed with BPD, PTSD, and trauma survivors have read Broken to feel not so alone with their own trauma, to compare experiences, and trauma. Family and kin of those diagnosed have come to me about Broken, hoping to better understand their loved ones plagued with these life experiences and mental conditions. But those who know me… my friends and family… They take up Broken for a whole other reason and—I hate to say it—usually the wrong reason.
I think I am writing this post for them. I think too, I wish for other readers to see it. Broken is not a book to read if you are looking to “know me better.” Broken is a fantastic book for psychologists and for those who look to better understand the condition if your child, parent, or spouse has been diagnosed with BPD. Broken is not a book for those who are looking for a quick answer to who and what I am.
When I wrote Broken, I was quite literally insane. And all of the trauma shown, though very real, was told by the insane. I can not make this any clearer. After writing Broken, I spent the next two weeks editing Broken. Building Broken literally pushed me beyond my limits and I went insane. 2 April 2015, a week after finishing Broken, I was rushed to a psychiatric ward and was evaluated. Six months later, I returned to Broken to review the paperback once more and that is when I realized how distorted, not dishonest, distorted certain sections were.
This is the purpose of the Annotations. When I reviewed Broken, I starred certain sections to provide clarification on a certain event, a certain word, a certain shift in perspective. Here are the sections that I went back and added clarity.