Balancing Act - Writing Through a Bipolar Life offers hope to those living with mental illness and their loved ones. As a therapist who left her career due to mental illness, O’Malley educates the public about mental health and fights stigma against those living with mental illness by challenging stereotypes.
O’Malley’s writing recounts her struggle with bipolar disorder, the two decades it took to receive a proper diagnosis, and how her journey gave her purpose. O’Malley balances living with bipolar disorder with her work as a mental health advocate and caretaker of her son and parents.
Kitt O’Malley is an author, licensed therapist, and mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder. Both her personal experience and clinical background inform her writing and enable her both to help herself and guide people towards mental health recovery. She has a bachelor’s in legal studies from UC Berkeley, a master’s in psychology from New College of California, and has attended seminary. O’Malley’s writing has been featured online with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California and the Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA). Visit kittomalley.com for more information.
Kitt describes her struggle to manage bipolar disorder in Balancing Act. Her profound knowledge of herself enhances her coping abilities as she learns to avoid triggers that will likely exacerbate her symptoms. She reminds readers that medication can only go so far and that a wide array of tools are needed to keep the illness under control. This book will bring comfort, validation, hope, and education especially to anyone with bipolar disorder.
Lynn Nanos, LICSW, author of Breakdown: A Clinician's Experience in a Broken System of Emergency Psychiatry, LynnNanos.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It takes someone who really knows what it is like to write about it this way. An excellent book to read. Great insights into the life and the tight rope we must walk. One of those books I wish my family would take the time to read and maybe hearing it from someone else will help them understand better. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
"Balancing Act: Writing Through A Bipolar Life" is an extraordinarily useful, fascinating book. Kitt O’Malley shares rich insights about living with bipolar disorder as she navigates being a mother, a caregiver for her aging parents, and much more. "Balancing Act" is imbued with compelling honesty. Written from a place of compassion informed by Kitt’s background as a psychotherapist, this account will help anyone affected by bipolar disorder. "Balancing Act" is a refreshing and original addition to mental health literature!