"A compelling personal story of manic-depression told by a talented writer. It awakens the readers to the plight of the mentally afflicted in an immensely moving way. I highly recommend it." Dr. Richard Selzer, M.D., Surgeon and Writer, Yale University, USA
"The act of writing autobiography about one's personal experience is a challenge to any writer. This volume is a testament to the persistence of Caroline Kwok, who has struggled to deal with the impact of her bipolar illness on her work and life. Writing openly about such distressing changes in her life, she gives the readers the opportunity to share first-hand in the uniqueness of her suffering. Her words reveal a world of torment and passion. This is a story worth-reading." Dr. Ronald Ruskin, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C), Dip. Psych., Canada
"THE TORMENTED MIND is a harrowing yet ultimately uplifting account of one Chinese-Canadian woman's odyssey from despair to hope. Born in Hong Kong and educated at the University of Minnesota, Caroline Kwok is stricken in young adulthood with manic-depression, a debilitating condition now known as bipolar disorder. She has to learn to cope not only with the ordeal of involuntary confinement and the authoritarianism of the medical profession, but also with the social stigma that attaches to mental illness and the uncomprehending attitudes of her own family and ethnic community. Her moving and inspiring book will appeal to fellow sufferers and health-care professionals as well as to general readers, many of whom have little idea of what life looks like from the inside of a mental hospital." Greig Henderson, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto, Canada
"THE TORMENTED MIND, written by a talented Chinese-Canadian born in Hong Kong, does not only depict poignantly her mental suffering as a manic-depressive, but also acts as a compassionate plea for a better understanding of the mentally-ill to the general public. I strongly recommend it." Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, Order of Canada, B. Eng., M.D., D. Sc., Founder, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Canada
"I strongly endorse this interesting and thought-provoking memoir, THE TORMENTED MIND, of one woman's struggle to understand and make peace with manic-depressive illness. What sets this work apart is Caroline Kwok's challenge in dealing with the deep and painful stigma of mental illness within the Chinese culture. She shares with the readers her success in her trials to retain a supportive connection to family and friends, which is both unique and universal. Caroline gives us a glimpse of life on a psychiatric ward and helps us to understand the ambivalent relationship between the patient and the professional health care system. It is an interesting and compelling book to read." Neasa Martin, Executive Director of The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and Toronto, Canada
About the Author:
Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok was born in Hong Kong in l95l. After attending Ying Wa Girls' School in Hong Kong, she went to study English Literature at the University of Minnesota in l970. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude and an Honors Award. She then returned to Hong Kong and taught English as a Second Language at the University of Hong Kong there before her immigration to Canada in l974. In l975, she received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and started teaching with the Toronto District School Board. In l982, she received her Master of Education degree from OISE, University of Toronto.
She was admitted to the Summer School Program of Yale University in their Department of Creative Writing in I996. Prior to her admission to the Program, two of her articles were published by THE TORONTO STAR. THE TORMENTED MIND is her first non-fiction novel based on her own experience as a manic-depressive.
She was a recipient of the 2001 Courage-to-Come-Back Award sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada.