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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Linea Johnson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1985 in Manson, Washington

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Linea attended Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Linea Johnson is a recent graduate from Seattle University, with a major in English and Creative Writing. Prior to transferring to SU, she completed three years at Columbia University, Chicago, in a musical performance program. Linea is currently working as a research assistant at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA . Previously, she worked as an intern at the World Health Organization in the Mental Health department. She is a national speaker and writer, advocating for understanding and support for people with mental illness and the elimination of stigma. She has worked and presented with national leaders at BringChange2Mind, NAMI and One Mind for Research. Linea can be found on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, advocating and writing about mental health.


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Titles At Your Library

Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her
ISBN: 0312581823

St. Martin's Press. 2012

The Johnsons were a close and loving family living in the Seattle area - two parents, two incomes, two bright and accomplished daughters. They led busy lives filled with music lessons, college preparation, career demands, and laughter around the dinner table. Then the younger daughter, Linea, started experiencing crippling bouts of suicidal depression. Multiple trips to the psych ward resulted in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and it took many trial runs of drugs and ultimately electroshock therapy to bring Linea back. But her family never gave up on her. And Linea never stopped trying to find her way back to them.

Perfect Chaos is the story of a mother and daughter's journey through mental illness towards hope. From initial worrying symptoms to long sleepless nights to cross-country flights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust, Perfect Chaos tells Linea and Cinda's harrowing and inspiring story, of an illness that they conquer together every day. It is the story of a daughter's courage, a mother's faith, and the love that carried them through the darkest times.


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