The Perfect Dose

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me - Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney feels great.  She's filled with energy and a positive attitude.  When her psychiatrist diagnoses her with Bipolar I, she refuses medication, fearing it will impact her creativity.  However, when she lapses into depression, it becomes clear that something has to change.


This autobiographical volume is a great examination of mental illness.  Forney describes her difficulties finding the correct medication, her struggles with side effects, and the social meaning of her disorder.


Because of the way sexual content is handled, I say this is a volume for teens and adults-I think high school teachers should add this to their graphic novel collections. Elementary school teachers should read it because it's awesome.