Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Back from the Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder


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ISBN-13: 9781608828562
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2014
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 863,089
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Graeme Cowan lived through a five-year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. This fueled his desire to prevent others from going through the same thing. Through this horrific experience, and his own extensive research, he has guided, taught, and inspired countless people through his books, keynote presentations, and media appearances.

Foreword writer Glenn Close is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award-winning actress who made her feature film debut in The World According to Garp. Her performance earned Close her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, and most recently, Albert Nobbs, which she also cowrote and produced. Among her television credits is the highly-acclaimed TV legal drama, Damages, for which she has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe as Best Actress.

In 2009, Close participated in the launch of Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization working to end the stigma, misunderstanding, and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The idea for this movement evolved out of her first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Her sister, Jessie, lives with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder.

Afterword writer Allen Doederlein is president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the nation’s largest consumer-led mental health organization focusing on mood disorders, and a proud member of the advocacy committee of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders.

Table of Contents

Foreword Glenn Close vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Understanding Depression and Bipolar Disorder and Their Treatments 9

2 Patrick Kennedy: Former US Representative 29

3 Trisha Goddard: TV Talk Show Host and Mental Health Advocate 47

4 Alastair Campbell: Chief Advisor to Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair 63

5 Lora Inman: A Journey from Depression to Mental Health Advocacy 79

6 Bob Boorstin: Director Public Policy at Google 93

7 Cliff Richey: Former Top-Ranked Tennis Player 109

8 Jennifer Hentz Mover: A Path Out of Postpartum Psychosis and Depression 123

9 Greg Montgomery: NFL Player with the Houston Oilers and Baltimore Ravens 137

10 My Story: How I Beat Depression 153

11 Depression Treatments That Work 169

Afterword Allen Doederlein 203

Resources 205

References 211


Graeme Cowan lives in Australia.

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