I, Rob Graves: My Struggle with Childhood Trauma, Homosexuality, and Bipolar Disorder: A Memoir

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"When I was nine years old and in the fourth grade, I had my first thought of self-harm. I shared with my mother my plan to kill myself. She hugged me, told me it would be okay, and sent me back to the kitchen to finish my homework."

Robert Graves has spent his life dealing with chronic clinical depression and bipolar disorder. I, Rob Graves offers a candid and poignant story about his life as a gay man suffering from these mental health issues and a genetic disposition for substance abuse-which morphed into an anonymous sex addiction during the height of the AIDS Epidemic.

Graves chronicles his personal story, illustrating the dangers of misdiagnosis and treatment noncompliance, but rather than teach or preach any specific cure, his memoir lets the reader decide whether the life choices described are right or wrong for their own life path. He shares the journey he took to come to terms with his homosexuality and overcome tremendous health odds-through years of therapy, medication management, and learning the arts of forgiveness and acceptance-to find success and peace with himself and thrive in the present. He aims to provide an inspirational example of breaking the cycle of mental health stigmas and addiction, both in the gay community and the community at large.

 

 

"I, Rob Graves, is a raw and honest story that takes a revealing look into the life of Robert P. Graves. The themes of strength, resilience, and recovery occur again and again as Robert moves the readers through his life journey-a life that was plagued by trauma but also a life that was a case study in how forgiveness and acceptance can heal and create recovery.

-Andrew J. Mattle, LMHC, and Executive Director, CMH Counseling

 

"As a straight woman who's personal and family history is vastly different than the author's, I thought I'd enjoy the story as an outsider peeking into the windows of someone else's life. But after reading the first chapter I realized the book was tapping into a more universal human experience. I laughed, cried, and related to the stories in ways I could have never anticipated. When I reached the last page, I realized the human experience of forgiveness is universal. And Robert helped me find some I didn't even know I needed."

-Ginine Capozzi, Founder, KnowledgeForce Consulting

 

Publisher: Lilibet Publishing
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Length:
220 pages
Format: Paperback