The Up And Down Life: The Truth About Bipolar Disorder--the Good, the Bad, and the Funny

The Up And Down Life: The Truth About Bipolar Disorder--the Good, the Bad, and the Funny

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by Paul E. Jones, Andrea Thompson
     
 

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A fresh, honest, and practical guide to living with bipolar disorder.

Paul Jones, a stand-up comedian and workshop leader who suffers from bipolar disorder, uses humor, honesty, and hard-won practical advice to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and shed light on the challenges of living with bipolar disorder.

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A fresh, honest, and practical guide to living with bipolar disorder.

Paul Jones, a stand-up comedian and workshop leader who suffers from bipolar disorder, uses humor, honesty, and hard-won practical advice to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and shed light on the challenges of living with bipolar disorder.

Offering an intimate view of life with bipolar disorder—including the most common mistakes bipolar individuals make and how to avoid them— and covering every aspect from diagnosis, social life, home life, and career, this is an accessible and engaging guide from someone who’s been there and can help readers cope and thrive.

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Since 2003, when stand-up comic and musician/songwriter Jones was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, his mission and passion in life have been to educate others suffering from the condition as well as those who treat and love them. Here, together with freelance writer Thompson, he tells his story, also including the experiences of others with bipolar disorder and solid clinical information on diagnosis and treatment. All this helpful material is organized into a logical sequence of chapters covering such topics as what it feels like to be bipolar, how to stay motivated throughout the experience, and how to inform employers about the illness. The web resources and list of suggested supplemental reading add further value to a heartfelt, highly personal story to which anyone affected by the illness can relate. The author's straightforward, often humorous, and always practical style makes this more deserving of attention than celebrity-authored works on depression, e.g., Patty Duke's A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness and Jane Pauley's Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue. Highly recommended for all public libraries and academic libraries supporting the helping professions. [Visit the author online at www.paulejones.com.-Ed.]
—Dale Farris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399534225
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Lynn Sonberg Books
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
595,525
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Andrea Thompson is a freelance writer.

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The Up And Down Life: The Truth About Bipolar Disorder--the Good, the Bad, and the Funny 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has helped me much more than any other book on the subject. The author tells the unvarnished truth, but also offers hope and humor. I totally recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BlackyTux More than 1 year ago
Helps to understand the disease better. I would also recommend it to relatives/friends of someone with bipolar disease. I couldn't put the book down!
LucyJane More than 1 year ago
I was DX'd in 2004, bipolar 2.. while sick and in a State hospital. Since then, I have read ALOT of books on bipolar, trying to soak in as much info. and understanding as I can. Its such a complex illness. And they all offered something for me to walk away with. When I saw this book on B&N and read what the book was about, I knew I had to read the entire thing. From page 1... I could totally relate to it. It was almost as though I were looking in a mirror... or like the book was written about me. And there was sooo much that I learned from it too. I didn't realize that exercise helps mood swings. There's sooo much!! And its written with humor, so you might find yourself giggling a time or two. :) Finally!! Someone understands! And in order for that understanding to be as awesome as it is... it must come from fellow bipolar. Thank God for this book. I love it!

I also Recommend "Suicide Notes." Its a novel about a teenaged boy on the psych ward... this book is great! A funny twist on a serious problem.