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Unsettling

Unsettling

by David Thomas
     
 

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Since I was old enough to run away from home and not be brought back by the police, my entire life has been spent drifting from place to place and job to job. My record currently stands at over one hundred moves (that I can remember). I'm 57 and still moving. I've done many things in my life, some of which I'm proud, most

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Since I was old enough to run away from home and not be brought back by the police, my entire life has been spent drifting from place to place and job to job. My record currently stands at over one hundred moves (that I can remember). I'm 57 and still moving. I've done many things in my life, some of which I'm proud, most of which I'm not. I've consumed stupid quantities of drink and drugs and had far more than my fair share of sexual exploits.

The reason for my behaviour is manic depression, or if you're from the world of film and television, bipolar disorder. I've been treated for both many times, but it's only recently that I have accepted that it may be true, but I'm not yet totally convinced. My two brothers were equally affected, as was my mother and possibly my father. The question is, is it bipolar disorder, or am I just emotionally unbalanced? What's the difference? I'm going to find out.

This book it's not as depressing as it sounds, not at all in fact. It is not about the illness itself, it is about all the stupid things I've done and an attempt to understand how, or even if, the illness influenced them. Is it responsible for the alcohol and substance abuse, or the string of disastrous relationships, or the distancing from family and friends, or my inability to remain in one place or one job for very long? The constant moving has played and continues to play, a major role in my life, but I like it, sort of.

Or is it that there is no illness at all? If not, did I choose to be like this? Is it simply that I'm a toe-rag who can't hold a job and likes moving house? End of story! Surely not! I have to know the truth. This book is about the journey to discover that truth, through self-assessment rather than continuing to pay others to pretend they can help me to do it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849913041
Publisher:
Chipmunkapublishing
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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