My new novel: Reis's Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia will be released in May! We are busy with the final edits! As with Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, I thought I'd share a few excerpts now and then.
Reis settled into the leather chair and sighed at the doctor. “I feel like I’m being tested.”
“Tested?” asked Dr. Benson.
“Well, more like a child, really…or a criminal. Like my life isn’t my own.”
Dr. Benson frowned, then nodded and waited.
“It’s like, now that I’m part of this system, there’s no way out. So many people looking after my welfare.... It’s rather insulting.” Reis stood up and began to pace. “It’s not like I committed a crime against society. I’m not a criminal.” He stopped and appealed to Dr. Benson. “Why do I feel like I’m trapped? No longer able to man my own life?”
Dr. Benson leaned forward, rested an elbow on his knee, and placed his chin in his hand. “Reis, the system’s there for you. As you said, to look after your welfare. As long as you’re not a danger to yourself or anyone else, you’re free to walk away.”
Reis sat back down in the chair and ran his fingers through his hair. He tried to stop the gasp of sorrow that escaped from his mouth, but he just couldn’t. He rubbed his fingers into his eyes and looked at Dr. Benson. “But don’t you see? Don’t you understand? I have nowhere to go.”