I was kindly gifted a copy of Overcome by Alice Tayler from Soraya Nair at Cherish Editions for a review. Thank you, Soraya.
For Alice Tayler, the only way to get attention in a family plagued by mental ill health was to hurt herself – at least, that’s what Munchausen syndrome led her to believe.
Overcome paints a jarring picture of what Tayler’s life has been like with this psychological condition, one that has caused her to feign illness or pain to get others to care for her. While her story may be tough to read at times, it’s an important one to be told, considering how hard it can be to understand Munchausen syndrome from the outside looking in.
Most of us have heard of Munchausen By Proxy, which is where a parent or caregiver hurts or makes a child sick in order to gain attention. Did you know there is another type of Munchausen? It’s called Munchausen Syndrome. This illness is where the person hurts themself in order to gain attention from others. Alice started hurting herself for attention at a young age, as young as she can remember.
Alice’s family had a dark secret that may have laid the foundation for her illness. While talking with a family member all the details of the secrets are relived. Her grandfather was a child molester, who was arrested and went to trial. He had also molested all of his female children and including Alice as a very young child. She has vague memories. As Alice uncovers all the ugly secrets on the internet she now has a better understanding of her family dynamics.
The book has many twists in turns as Alice interacts with family members about the truth and has to bury her mother. There are so many emotions left unresolved.
Munchausen Syndrome is rare and can be hard to identify. All Alice knew was she was not a monster who abused her child or hurt her in any way but didn’t understand the complexities of her illness.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley”
I thought the use of the quote was profound, and one she could certainly say she faced.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in medical knowledge and a good mental health story with a positive ending.
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