A Notebook of Love

My Story on Mental Health

Non-Fiction - Relationships
196 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2023
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Author Biography

I am Pueblo and Yaqui Indian and a veteran from NM. I have Bipolar and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and face a tough question from my wife, who has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), PTSD and other related mental conditions. At the time my wife was suffering from a severe identity crisis and wants a divorce and to runaway. She asks me, is she is she worthy of love? She knows very little of my mental health and history of abuse, leading me into a mental whirlwind of countless thoughts and emotions.
The book was originally a letter written in 23 hours during a two week bipolar manic. How do you bring a loved one back from mental delusion caused by a drastic change in medicine that treat her mental health?
I reflect on how we men are raised to "Be a man" and figure things out. We are told at a young age "Figure it out, your gonna be a man soon" and other phrases as boys. What happens when we don't have it figured out? "Being a man" means our mental health is a low priority and it reflects in all our relationships.
Read how my mind turmoils and tells the story of my past to save our marriage. Much like the notebook, I race to tell my story and ours to bring her back from delusion from the borderline.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

Raised in a home filled with love, Luis Trivino never understood why his father’s mood would often change suddenly and violently. His mother did her best to cushion the effects of his behavior on the children but as they grew older it became increasingly evident that all was not well with him since he returned from the war. Years later and then a man in his prime, Luis followed his father’s path of service in the military, braving adversity. When he started following the same dark path of mental illness as his father, he knew there had to be a change. A Notebook of Love: My Story on Mental Health is the account of his journey into the depths of mental illness and how he not only clambered out but managed to raise a near-perfect family despite the odds.

They say that when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. This is exactly what Luis Trivino demonstrates as he gives us an exclusive insider’s view of living with mental illness. He is direct as he leads us through the early stages of his life while he grows up from being a child to an adult. It is interesting to note how he distances himself from his affliction, giving it the persona of a completely different entity, adopting an unusual but notably effective approach. His input on the symptoms of some mental disorders and the accompanying statistics, coupled with details of the helplines available in the event of an emergency, are evidence of his thorough research. A Notebook of Love carries an upbeat message of hope and is a must-read for everyone with loved ones who are struggling with mental illness. The nuggets of wisdom in this book are priceless.

Maria Victoria Beltran

A Notebook of Love: My Story on Mental Health is a poignant memoir by Luis Trivino, a U.S. Army war veteran who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD}. It chronicles Trivino's journey through a difficult time as he faces the prospect of divorce from his wife of 14 years. He shares his experiences of being a victim of child abuse and alcoholism and how these experiences have contributed to his mental health issues. He also reveals his struggles with his disorders and their impact on his relationships and career. When his wife, who also has various mental illnesses, including Borderline Personality Disorder, asks him if she is worthy of love, it sends Luis into a mental whirlwind as he copes with his struggles.

Luis Trivino’s A Notebook of Love is a powerful memoir that offers hope and encouragement to anyone struggling with mental illness. Trivino’s honesty and vulnerability in sharing his experiences of Bipolar Disorder and PTSD are truly inspiring and provide a much-needed voice in the conversation around mental health. Relatable and enlightening, his story serves as a reminder that mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. His literary writing style is engaging and easy to read, conveying complex emotions in a simple way. Ultimately, it is a testament to the power of love and resilience. It reminds us that with the proper support and resources, it is possible to live a fulfilling life despite the challenges of mental illness.

Rabia Tanveer

A Notebook of Love: My Story on Mental Health by Luis Trivino is a memoir that recounts how his mental health issues affected his relationships, especially with his wife. Having battled with mental health all his life, Trivino knows why and how it has impacted him; it’s just that he can't help it. Growing up with a father who physically and mentally abused him, his military career further influenced his regular alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. However, the real blow came when his marriage of almost 15 years came crashing down because he and his wife could no longer cope with the challenges and their respective mental health issues. Trivino acknowledges his mistakes as he retraces his steps and shares what went wrong.

I am in awe of Luis Trivino and his courage to lay his heart bare for us. Being so vulnerable in front of the world takes remarkable strength, and Trivino took that chance with open arms. The narrative style is candid and almost like talking to an old friend. I felt I was sitting across from him as he shared his heartfelt emotions. I admired his desire to accept people as they are and support them through their most challenging times, perhaps because he had never had someone like that. He provides a new perspective that most people ignore, how mental health impacted his life and getting help as a man. It was tough for him to ask for help because of the attached stigma, but I was glad he took the necessary steps to help himself. This memoir raises awareness about mental health, how men shouldn’t hesitate to ask for help, and how a single step in the right direction can improve lives.