rEview/ Inching Back to Sane: My Years with Bipolar

Local author Leif Gregersen paints a raw and honest portrayal of life with a mental illness in his latest book Inching Back to Sane

BY PAULA E. KIRMAN

Leif Gregersen is probably Edmonton's most prolific writer you may never have heard of. He writes poetry, short stories, freelance articles, and non-fiction based on his own struggles with mental illness.

Inching Back to Sane
The latter is the subject of one of his most recent self-published books, Inching Back to Sane. A sequel to his previous memoir Through the Withering Storm, which was about his teen years and initial diagnosis with bipolar disorder, Inching Back to Sane documents Gregersen's adult years, many of which were spent in and out of the hospitals and psychiatric wards while trying to get his condition under control.

Gregersen's writing is not polished, but it is honest. Inching Back to Sane is a fascinating look at mental illness from a first person perspective. He includes candid, personal, and often very revealing details of his life, providing a glimpse to the outsider of what life with bipolar is like. As Gregersen reflects upon his illness and the life it was causing him to live, his candor also reveals the intolerance (and fear) of others towards mental illness, as well as flaws in the system of which he became entrenched. 

The good news is that Gregersen is a survivor and made it through to the point where he is able to share his story with others and live a productive life. And productive it is: Gregersen has self-published seven books (thus far) and contributes to a variety of publications.

You can learn more about Gregersen and his other books at edmontonwriter.com.

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