Sofia Oumhani Benbahmed is a 28-year-old North Carolina based writer. She is currently a freshman studying English at Meredith College in Raleigh. Early in her childhood Sofia developed symptoms of mental illness (yet undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder) whose depression would peak in adulthood and require her to undergo electroconvulsive therapy. At the age of nine she developed a life threatening eating disorder that would stay with her for nineteen years. Sofia spent the majority of her adolescent and adult years in psychiatric institutions and residential treatment centers and has emerged from the mulch to find herself riddled with questions and anger regarding the unjust treatment she received and witnessed others subjected to. Her memoir in progress is, at heart, about resilience and survival - but too about the mental healthcare system in the United States and the dehumanizing delivery of care. It is about the effects of long term institutionalization and what it is like to learn at last, clumsily and by living, how to be a healthy adult human in the world. The book is meant to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and to speak to one individual's experience of being written off as a thing to be handled, an especially difficult, "chronic" case - and her experience of reclaiming herself as a being who is, and always has been, as valuable as the healthy.