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dc.contributor.advisor Mori, Kyoko Kahn, Jennifer
dc.creator Kahn, Jennifer 2020-05-06 2021-09-15T13:25:54Z
dc.description This thesis has been embargoed for 10 years. It will not be available until May 2030 at the earliest. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis centers on the desire to find the middle-ground despite an intense attraction to extremes. In this collection of essays, the narrator describes growing up in Europe as an embassy brat before moving to suburban Maryland at the age of sixteen. She struggles with her mental health and is ultimately diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The search for balance leads her to the dark corners of the Internet where girls with eating disorders congregate, as well as to the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The narrator tries to understand herself better by analyzing her relationships with her parents, conducting research on how bipolar disorder affects creativity, and evaluating her own risky behavior. Ultimately, she finds a partner whose past and biology is similarly complicated, and she commits to preserving this new relationship. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject bipolar disorder en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject mental illness en_US
dc.subject relationships en_US
dc.subject eating disorders en_US
dc.subject Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints en_US
dc.title Too Far from Center en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US Master's en_US Creative Writing en_US George Mason University en_US
dc.description.embargo 2030-05-06

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