"NOTHING In the world could have prepared me for SEVERE DEPRESSION.”
Statement by Kim Hodges
Review from Professor Gordon Parker, Black Dog Institute, Sydney
“The black dog of depression corrodes identity, compromises the capacity to see colours in life, limits the capacity to love and to work, and takes the sufferer into a wasteland without hope. In her raw and personal account Kim Hodges details how her mood disorder stripped her bare and articulates what has kept her going. The reader will be struck by her honesty and authenticity.”
Review from Julie Smith, Boambee
"Kim's memoir of her sliding journey into the realisation she has bipolar disorder is a book that will stay in my mind for many reasons. Her achingly raw account of the illnesses effect on her psyche, her family and life is at times funny, heartbreakingly sad and also optimistic. She has an amazing way of telling a story with her observations honed to the finest detail. The memoir highlights how the disorder totally takes over her life through the way it affects Kim's feelings, moods, thoughts and the way she views her world at the times she is most vulnerable.Thank you Kim for allowing us into your very personal world and thus enabling all of us to gain a greater insight into someone suffering with your illness."
review from Carmel Robertson, Coffs Habour
"I have read Kim’s latest book and would recommend it to all people who have a family member or friend with a mental illness. I found it both confronting and educational. Even though I have walked the walk with Kim, it taught me a lot about mental illness and the effects it has on people’s lives. Kim has been very honest in her writing, and I am sure this book will go on to be a very important educational tool for many people."
Review from Dr Lisa Milner, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University
“Kim’s second memoir, ‘Girl Over the Edge’, provides a powerful and stirring insight into what it’s like to live – and succeed in life – with a mental illness. Kim’s battles to understand, and then work to overcome, bipolar disorder are an inspiration to us all. In a world where mental illness is still so frequently misunderstood, here is a dramatic, evocative and insightful work that everyone should read.”
Girl Over the EdgE
published by impact press, Paddington, Sydney
This is my story based on my life experience of mental illness in 2012-2017. This Memoir is written in the first person through an adult lens. The memoir is honest, raw and confronting and treads into territory not yet trodden in memoir writing. Prepare to be stripped bare, as I was, as I lived it and then wrote about my experiences of mental illness. I commend you for reading my memoir. Regards, Kim Hodges