Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength [NOOK Book]

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Heartbreaking and yet humorous, this inspirational collection includes personal stories from more than 40 diverse people who are living with bipolar disorder—a condition that affects some five million Americans. Each story reveals strategies used to cope with the varying symptoms—from mania and depression to recklessness and listlessness—and offers insight into what it is like to have this mood instability disorder. Paired with essays from renowned medical researchers on the science of the disease and a ...

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Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength

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Heartbreaking and yet humorous, this inspirational collection includes personal stories from more than 40 diverse people who are living with bipolar disorder—a condition that affects some five million Americans. Each story reveals strategies used to cope with the varying symptoms—from mania and depression to recklessness and listlessness—and offers insight into what it is like to have this mood instability disorder. Paired with essays from renowned medical researchers on the science of the disease and a comprehensive resources section on where to get help, these first-hand accounts illustrate the strength of the human spirit and offer the advice and encouragement essential to recovery. For those seeking bravery, consolation, strength, and understanding, this collection of stories is an invaluable and uplifting resource.

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Editorial Reviews

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This latest addition to the Healing Project's worthy "Voices of" series (see also the entries on Alzheimer's, autism, and caregiving) collects the stories of 34 individuals with bipolar disease and their loved ones. Divided into five categories—"How It Feels," "Diagnosis," "Bipolar Is in Our Blood," "The Caregivers," and "I've Learned To Manage It"—the essays vary in length. Some have happy endings, as in the case of a married couple who stayed together with a sense of humor; others do not. All are real and will strike a chord with the intended audience, who continue to suffer under the weight of a heavy stigma. VERDICT An essential purchase for those suffering from the illness, as well as for family, friends, and other caregivers; all proceeds go to the Healing Project, a recognized tax-exempt organization.—Leigh Mihlrad, Albany Medical Coll., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934184325
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Voices Of series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 391,955
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Judith Cohen is a writer and a teacher whose work has appeared in Rosebud, Mochila Review, and Women's Review of Books. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Healing Project Debra LaChance, Founder xi

An Introduction to Bipolar Disorder Marina Benaur, M.D. xvii

Next to Normal; Bipolar Disorder Takes Center Stage Juliann Garey xvii

Acknowledgments xxxvii

Part 1 How It Feels

Buried Under Water H. Rachelle Graham 3

Sui Generous Juliann Garey 7

Saturday Lisa Rusczyk 11

Psychosis Stephen Kolter 17

One Sparkling Facet Natalie B. Rowe 21

So, You Crazy? Nicole Kafka 27

Ups and Downs Gareth Allen 33

There's Always Something More Than Meets the Eye Sarah Colman-Hayes 39

Part 2 Diagnosis

The Girl Who Used To Be Me Gail Livesay 45

A New Painting Sandy McPheron 49

What They See Is What You Get: On the (Mis)Diagnosis, Un-Diagnosis, and Re-Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder J.P. Whetsell 55

A Little Help from My Friend Maria Norman 61

The Struggle and the Hope Valerie Avrutis 65

My Vision of Recovery Shannon C. Flynn 69

Part 3 Bipolar Is In Our Blood

My Mother's Keeper Patricia F. D'Ascoli 77

Hope Annie Kassof 81

Bipolar Disorder: A Mother's Perspective Jamie Weil 85

Bipolar Disorder: A Daughter's Perspective Amanda Weil 93

Research Takes Brains Judith Beth Cohen 99

Committal Anne Skal 103

Part 4 The Caregivers

Almost Contagious Caroline Nye 109

Husband's Two Cents Jeff McKinstry 113

Just a Normal Girl Richard Day Gore 117

Making Memories Lisa Fisk 121

Hand in Hand with a Bipolar Husband Maria Sosh 125

Part 5 I've Learned to Manage It

Dealing with Alternative Cloud Patterns Kathryn Presley 131

You Know Me Pamela Richards 135

Forward Momentum Anne S. Zanoni 139

Why I Write David O'Neal 143

Seeking Freedom Matthew Rennels 147

Let the Music Be Your MasterSherry Stearn 155

Dear Valerie Beth Friedlander 161

Pushing Forward Amy Pilkington 169

Love Has No Boundaries Carrie McCarter 173

Resources 177

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