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My Bipolar Backpack

Author : Susan Ralphe
ISBN : 1310202478
Genre : Manic-depressive illness
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In this powerful memoir Susan Ralphe employs sharp storytelling skills honed over along, newspaper-reporting career to tell her own story of long-term, heart-wrenching bipolarmadness.My Bipolar Backpack begins shortly before the first of two stays in mental hospitals andends as she serves in elective office. Sandwiched in between are incidents from a troubledchildhood, a brain that regularly froze during her college years, employment nightmares,misdiagnosis, suicide attempts, a marriage rocked by mental illness in Susan and alcoholismin her husband, and mothering failures.The first chapter gives readers a snapshot view of how it feels to be under the grip of amanic attack."Without warning invisible bands inside my head often tightened until the pressurebecame unbearable. It sometimes worsened almost to the point that I thought my head wasgoing to explode."Simultaneously my thoughts raced as though my brain were continually in fast-forwardmode, while my ability to think decelerated. I vividly pictured my brain curling upinto a fetal position..."Susan recounts how telling staff at the first mental hospital that her husband was theone who was "crazy," landed her in a locked unit, the end of the line for the mentally ill.Terror greeted her at the door in the form of a young woman wearing a football helmet whohit and kicked Susan as she walked in, and the nurse behind a tall, plastic enclosure whoignored what was going on. The author describes her unwillingness or inability to talk aboutwhat was troubling her and her resultant discharge with the wrong diagnosis and red-hotbipolar disorder boiling under the surface, ready to erupt again.This is a story of soaring accomplishment alternating with black periods of tenseness,brain freeze, and despair. A little girl who ran home from kindergarten daily during recessbecause she feared her mother was going to die, is transformed into valedictorian of her high schoolgraduating class, then into a college student who was seriously mentally ill. The nextcharacter is a happy bride and new mother who subsequently falls apart under the weight ofher husband's alcoholism and her younger son's asthma.For most of her life, Susan explains, she carefully hid her bipolar disorder fromanyone she could, fearing the stigma that could deliver a second punch to someone alreadyreeling from illness itself.In the pages of this memoir the author summons the strength to share her experiences,confident that other bipolar individuals can find hope and healing in her tale and that theirfamilies, as well as mental health professionals, can gain knowledge and understanding.She says she dreams of the day when bipolar sufferers will no longer think they mustcarry the heavy "bipolar backpacks" in which they hide their disease.The author grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, graduated from NorthernMichigan University, and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Minnesota and Arizonaincluding The Duluth Herald and The Phoenix Gazette. She was married for 38 years to herlate husband, Roger, and has two grown sons and nine grandchildren. She presently resides inthe Portland, OR, area.

Interrupted With Bipolar

Author : Shae Therrien
ISBN : 9781927570067
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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After eight hospitalizations for bipolar depression since his first admission in 1998, and a total of more than 150 electroconvulsive therapy treatments, Shae Therrien knows a thing or two about maintaining good mental health. It’s not exactly a walk in the park – or in Shae’s case, a naked walk in his neighbourhood. Through diary entries and reflections from two of the most trying periods of his life, Shae shares anecdotes and details of his illness – including tips that he hopes will help others understand and care for those who have mental ‘dis-ease’. "Sometimes I think the book chose me to write it as opposed to my intentions to ever write a book," he says. "When I started to journal, I was doing it to survive the moment. As the moments kept stacking up, I had more than a couple paragraphs written on paper. After my second back surgery, I decided I could use some of the time I had, while recovering, to tell my story about my bipolar adventures. I'm glad I had some help to type the book. The whole purpose of this book is to help other people understand some trials of mental health. It's something you can't pick up and touch, so I hope this book can be a tangible resource leading to some success."


Author : David Lovelace
ISBN : 9781440634864
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Glass Castle meets An Unquiet Mind in a mesmerizing, loving memoir about growing up in a family plagued by bipolar disorder. Scattershot is David Lovelace's poignant, humorous, and vivid account of bipolar disorder's effects on his family, and his gripping exploits as he spent his life running from—and finally learning to embrace—the madness imprinted on his genes. Four out of five people in David Lovelace's immediate family have experienced bipolar disorder, including David himself. In 1986, his father, his brother, and David himself were all committed in quick succession. Only his sister has escaped the disease. A coming-of-age story punctuated by truly harrowing experiences, this devastating and empathetic portrait of the Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar disorder—a disease that affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans—and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

I M Not Crazy Just Bipolar

Author : Wendy K. Williamson
ISBN : 9781483536392
Genre : Psychology
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Just as a photographer might shoot a photo through a colored lens, Wendy Williamson skillfully holds up the filter of mania and depression for her reader to peer through. With heart-wrenching honesty and humor, she shows the effects of bipolar disorder on the mind, body and soul of those who suffer from it. Despite Wendy’s struggles, this is a not a book that brings the reader down, rather a road map for wellness and a vastly informative, yet entertaining, guided tour of bipolar disorder for those who don’t understand it. With her perceptive self-awareness, the author is equal parts comedienne and educator, and she tells the unbelievable highs and lows of her story with a clear, grounded candor.

Regular And Decaf

Author : Andrew D. Gadtke
ISBN : 9780615855134
Genre : Self-Help
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Andrew and his friend Benji are two ordinary twenty-somethings with extraordinary true stories to share. Through a series of meetings, Andrew and Benji candidly discuss their lives with mental illness, exploring everything from their inner experience of madness to their successful strategies of coping. Nothing is barred from this tell-all account inside the real lives of two “severe and persistent” mentally ill men. Through the conversations you will learn about their: Early Symptoms; Thoughts and Feelings of Psychosis and Mania; Hospital and Treatment Experiences; Family, Friend, and Romantic Relationships; Disability and Stigma; Faith and Coping; And More!

Birdies Bogeys And Bipolar Disorder

Author : Michael Wellington
ISBN : 9781632990655
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The gripping true story of one man's struggles through the terrifying highs and crushing lows of bipolar disorder. In Birdies, Bogeys, and Bipolar Disorder, author and professional golfer Michael Wellington recounts a heartbreaking story of not just hitting, but skidding along rock bottom as he struggles to control a condition that for a long time controlled him: bipolar disorder. With the help of his family, a few amazing friends, and the game of golf, he has regained balance and can now share his story. The millions of people in the United States who suffer some form of mood disorder will not only find the author's story relatable, educational, and hopeful but can also benefit from Michael's experience to help control their own disorder. Michael offers the Fourteen Clubs, a bag of tools to keep the bipolar mind in balance. Using these clubs daily can help you avoid both mania and depression.

Friends How Do You Cope When Your Friend Has Bipolar

Author : Julia Busquets
ISBN : 9781514445815
Genre : Self-Help
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The book is all about helping those who are friends with someone living with bipolar disorder. Friendships are quite difficult to maintain when you have bipolar disorder, so it is very special when you find people willing to go through the highs and the lows with you. My friends have given their views on how they deal with me and what they do when the chaos and intensity become too much for them. The one thing they all say is, even when it becomes too much, they would never walk away.

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