GIRL, UNWIRED

By Hattie Gladwell

The good, the bad, the uncontrollable and the ugly. The realities of mental illness - and everything that comes with it.

Biography | Mental health
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Girl, Unwired is a real and raw look into living with mental illness.
It documents Hattie's life struggling with her mental health and trying to find answers for the chaos that was going on inside her mind. Over the years, she was diagnosed over and over again, each time with a new condition: bipolar disorder, OCD, borderline personality disorder and health anxiety, which was triggered by a traumatic hospital experience.

This book pieces together where it all started: from when she was just nine years old having her first intrusive thought, to being twenty-two, sitting in a bathtub wanting to die. It talks about anxiety. Depression. Mania. Obsessions. Compulsions. Suicidal tendencies, and everything that comes with Hattie's diagnoses. It also touches on other things such as suicidal thoughts, body dysmorphia, social media addiction, bulimia, self-harm, intrusive thoughts and what to do when Google tells you you're dying (which is never really true, FYI).

This book is a relatable read for anyone going through mental illness, whether that be one condition or multiple (which is very common). It's not a book that pretends that a magic pill is going to take it all away or a two-week countdown to being cured. It's not about finding a cure. It's about recovery and because that's what mental illness is: a constant state of recovery. And this book is about how we do it.

It includes the things that worked for Hattie, and the things that didn't. Her experience with therapists and CBT and tips she's learned from having it.

It also features self-care lists, breakdowns of how to handle your mental health, what to do when the world feels like it's suffocating you, how to seek help and make sure you get it, how to be taken seriously by your GP and going to A&E for your mental health. It's about what to do when you're sad. What to do when you feel like your mind is racing a mile a minute, filled with intrusive thoughts. What to do when your body is a bag of explosive emotions or when you can't feel anything at all.
What to do when you wake up in the morning and wish you hadn't. 

Girl, Unwired is about unwiring the mind. Piecing together each illness like a puzzle, trying to find the root to where it all began. And as you read this book, hopefully you can do the same, too.

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    Hattie Gladwell

    Hattie Gladwell is a twenty-something freelance mental health journalist. She has written for Metro.co.uk, Cosmopolitan UK, Grazia, The Debrief, The Independent, LadBible and The Mighty. Hattie has bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD and health anxiety, and has been writing about each disorder for the past three years. Hattie is a passionate advocate for mental health and mental illness and dedicates her social media to raising awareness of both. Many of her mental health threads have ended up in the likes of BuzzFeed, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan and more. She hopes that her work will have an impact on increasing the awareness and decreasing the stigma of mental illness that we sadly still face today. Girl, Unwired is Hattie’s first book.

  • I walked through the doors of A&E and went to reception to sign myself in. The receptionist was very dismissive. ‘Why are you here?’ she asked. I felt embarrassed. The waiting room was full - some people there for obviously broken legs, other people looking as though they’d spent the day throwing up, and some parents there worrying about their children. I didn’t want to say ‘I don’t want to be here anymore’ out loud, worried that I’d draw attention to myself. I asked whether I could use a pen and some paper, and that’s how I told her. But the receptionist didn’t seem to recognise I wanted to keep things on the downlow. She called out, unsubtly: ‘Are you feeling suicidal?’ I told her that I was. She told me to take a seat.
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  • 15th September 2019 A little update!

    Hi guys, Hattie here! 

    I just wanted to say thank you again for supporting me with this. 

    Rest assured I am back to working on the book and I can't wait for it to be with you - but I had to take a little break over the past couple of months due to health reasons - somehow my body managed to go through glandular fever, a bad gallbladder, hepatitis and a flare of inflammatory bowel disease all…

    29th October 2018 We hit the big 100!

    Hey guys, we did it. We hit 100%. GIRL, UNWIRED is going to be published. It's going to be an actual thing that you can actually hold in your hands. How crazy is that?

    I want to say thank you to everyone who believed in me and everyone who helped make this happen.

    Today marks one month since the live launch and so it's pretty mad to be sat here (in a cosy jumper under a blanket, classic…

    7th October 2018 26% in the first week: A BIG THANK YOU!

    Hey guys!

    Firstly: Thank you SO much to everyone who has backed the book so far. It honestly means more to me than you could ever imagine. And 26% in its first week is incredible, I can’t quite believe it!

    I’m so excited at the idea of having all of your names in the back of the book, and to write personal messages in the front of books and letters, too. You’re going to get the BEST DAMN MESSAGE…

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