Schoolin' My Shrink On Teen Suicide
by Tripsy South
Pub Date 01 Jun 2019
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"Good Will Hunting slams into Pulp Fiction at 500 mph."
Tripsy South is a super-smart and thinking seventeen-year-old girl with a hyperkinetic knowledge of suicide in teens, especially girls. This Indigo child’s special knowledge is accompanied by a caustic and devastating wit that often draws blood from nearby souls.
She’s pissed off at everyone well beyond her kill radius because America’s teen-suicide epidemic isn’t just growing, it’s actively fueled by BigPharma and BigMedia, and America's government, corporate and civic leaders, who very clearly don’t give a damn. Worse, they all encourage the epidemic to continue.
These sad facts drive Tripsy even nuttier than she already advertises.
Don’t be quick to feel sorry for Tripsy, though: this young brainiac has a master plan to shake things up.
One day, out of the blue, she descends into the office of Dr. Jon Moore, a middle-of-the-road psychiatrist in Santa Barbara, California, who treats troubled children and suicidal teens. She then begins a year-long series of in-depth psychiatric sessions that test Dr. Moore’s last raw nerve.
He has written his own unpublished manuscript about this taboo subject, and he gets schooled on every level by this precocious expert on all elements of teen suicide.
Unsure about how to react to Tripsy’s unusual behavior, let alone how to treat her, Dr. Moore embarks on a deep emotional journey that forces him to examine his own past, present and future, not only as a psychiatrist but as a human being. Structured as doctor's personal notes, WTF, Dorkus! takes you on a wild roller-coaster ride of emotions, thoughts and beliefs, and introduces some hard facts about American teens in the throes of anxiety, depression and suicidal behavior. Will Dr. Moore survive this young girl’s storming into his life and educating him in ways he never imagined?
What will become of Tripsy who, as she informed Dr. Moore, has only one year left in her?
In the end, we can’t help but look around in disbelief and go, “WTF just happened!?”
“Tripsy South is definitely off the chain, a sizzling biohazard who writes with intoxicating hilarity!”
“Dear Tripsy, Thanks for sending WTF, DORKUS! Such a smart, funny, surprising, original read—it shows you for the scholar/empath/wit/chameleonic (rangey) entertainer you are.”
“Tripsy is a dynamic character: smart, cheeky and poetically sarcastic. Young women will relate to her perception of the world and enjoy her strong and contrary disposition. South knows and understands her characters. Without apology, she tosses you headfirst into the turmoil of the protagonist. Her analogies describing a child's perception of time are spot on and something every parent, child and therapist should read . . . Overall, a good story with a lot of heart.”
“Here are some keen observations by the character Dr. Jon Moore - "...your resistance will provide science a system to check its progress." Then, at the beginning of Chapter 4, I see "Our so called self wishes this were not the case, and often goes to great lengths to fool us into feeling otherwise." "...which is the ultimate way to free oneself from intense, chronic pain, imaginary or not." "...young folks tend to see horrible pain as never ending." And "As I suggested above, since behavior and chemistry are intimately associated, it's possible to reverse 'bad' chemistry by changing certain behaviors." Bam! Bam! Bam! The author has obviously done her homework! Good character development, too; I can tell who it is talking just by what the character is saying. Serious science mixed with humor is a good blend here.
—Shakywheelbarrow (from Amazon.com)
"Tripsy takes you on a wild ride through her every thought, as it comes to her mind, it comes out of her mouth . . . immediately! Actually, this book has a surprise ending! I was tempted to skip to the end of the book but something told me to enjoy the "wild ride"! What a great surprise! I learned many things by waiting until the end! My Results: THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM! The world is filled with colorful imaginative people! EVERYONE has something to offer: LISTEN, AND I WILL LEARN. The author has the gift of DEPTH and PERCEPTION that puts the message of the black letters on the white paper! Two thumbs up!"
—God’s Friend (from Amazon.com)
WTF, Dorkus! brings fresh air to a sensitive subject we all need to talk about and share, and it’s just in time for National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September; National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, September 9-15; and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2019.
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