Titan1Studios publishes Bridgette Dutta Portman’s debut novel titled Twin stars, which stars Olive Joshi, a 16-year-old girl who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and self-doubt. The novel’s target audience is young adult readers aged 13-18.
Life has always been difficult for the millions of people with mental illnesses, but it has started to get easier in recent years with all the heightened awareness that books, series, movies, and games have brought about. Awareness is only part of the solution, but it is a huge part of it. The more people know about mental illnesses, the more time they will have to help those who are suffering, and of course, it is easier to get diagnosed if you know more about mental illnesses in general.
Twin stars explores the OCD and anxiety disorders that plague Olive Joshi and weigh on her life as she tries to navigate the already endless struggles that come with growing up and finding her way in the world. Olive is also on a planet of her imagination, which is an interesting twist that should allow for a good discussion of mental health. A sci-fi premise is a great way to break down and discuss the unseen suffering that plagues Olive and millions of other people, including myself.
I suffer from depression, anxiety and ADHD and my life has gotten easier since the conversations about mental health gained momentum and started to be featured more in the media. I didn’t know why my life was so hard or even that some of the things I struggled with tormented others until people started talking about it more. This has led me to ask for help and I know I am not alone. I only got help with my mental illnesses in my mid-twenties, so I’m glad to see the conversation unfold much sooner for young people today.
Twin stars is the first in a series of novels that will expand upon other literary and graphic novels focused on mental health awareness. The first book is now available on Amazon.