Professional Patient: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder

Professional Patient: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder

by Leesa Abbott


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ISBN-13: 9781312218796
Publication date: 02/13/2015
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Professional Patient: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With talks of prisons, cat tongues in lunches, botched haircuts and “Fertile Mertile” the turtle, the personality embedded in this book will keep you entertained as well as educate you in the field of mental illness. This book is the brutally honest memoirs of Dr. Abbott. Dr. Abbott recalls her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood in explicit detail. Although Dr. Abbott is a professional psychologist this book really feels like it was written by Leesa Abbott, a woman who has battled with and come to terms with having mental illnesses. You really experience the journey and see the story behind what made Leesa into the woman she is today and the choices and circumstances that led her to becoming Dr. Abbott. Dr. Abbott is a very unique writer in that rarely do you see an unbiased story told from both sides and that is exactly what you get with this book. A must read for those who are suffering with mental illness, those around them and those who want to understand the often silent struggle that people with mental illnesses go through. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, it is a must read, an inspiration and a true survival story from a very brave woman.
champi More than 1 year ago
This was such an interesting and fascinating read. I loved this book. This book will resonate with anyone who has dealt with mental illness whether individually or through a family member. I think that Dr. Abbott recalls her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood in explicit detail. Actually,Leesa Abbott is a wonderful writer. She shares some of her best tips on how to deal with Bipolar Disorder and how she made it through the struggle.It is very fantastic.So, I would definitely recommend it to someone who is getting into the mental health field, as well as someone who is looking for a good memoir.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel that this is not just another personal memoir but also it’s a story about living a double life. I’m willing to bet that many other professionals across a wide range of careers are also leading double lives-secretly struggling with a mental illness too. People who might be afraid if the word got out about their illness they might lose or ruin their entire careers. That stigma in and of itself would result in them being shunned by their peers. That of course is unacceptable yet things like that cause discrimination all the time. What is so beautiful about Dr. Abbott’s memoir is she gives us a road map of how to come clean. She describes in full detail her manias and depressions-this disease and how it has impacted every angle of her life. It’s really a personal account about transformation. To go through the steps to become a professional in the mental health field, to later being diagnosed as having bipolar disorder to lastly becoming an Advocate for those with mental health issues through her work with NAMI. She takes that journey with us-her readers-and at the end she re-emerges not broken into a two side coin but whole and united as a Mental Health advocate. This is a great book to give insight into how it feels to have a mental illness and just because you have one-that does not mean you cannot become whole and embrace yourself like a brilliant butterfly.
BookDoctor1 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. This book can help break so many of the stigmas out there. If you have a mental health disorder, know someone who does, or work in the field of helping people, this book should be on your shelf. We need to break these stigmas and people like this author who step forward and speak the truth both personally and professionally makes all the difference in breaking down those stereotypes...
JimSimon More than 1 year ago
This is a brutally honest account of woman with bipolar disorder (amongst other diagnoses and traumas to face) and a professional in the field of teaching psychology and providing counseling. It is gut wrenching at times, yet hopeful and inspiring at others. You can feel yourself pulling for the author and rising and falling as she fails and triumphs. This is a home run for mental health memoirs.
Sarah760 More than 1 year ago
This illuminating autobiographical account of a psychologist from childhood to her current adult age is captivating. It will immediately capture your attention with humor and adversity in her childhood and teen years. It will further keep you reading as she tells the tales of working in prisons and other places. It gives a clear picture of and individual with severe bipolar disorder, OCD, and a period of anorexia. I highly recommend it.
bookgeek62 More than 1 year ago
Great read. Secrets ooze out of this book and keep you reading. Not only do you get the inside scoop on what it's like to live with bipolar disorder/depression and other mental health and substance abuse issues and family dysfunction, you also get an inside peak at what its like to be a counselor in many settings such as prison and metropolitan school systems.
KelliGirl27 More than 1 year ago
What a thought-provoking read. To think that this girl/woman has been through so many trials and tribulations by a relatively young age. I think she's right in the book when she states that some of her problems have been self chosen, but others were due to her mental health disorders, and others due to terrible traumas and accidents. The book is humorous at times yet dark at others. Keeps you on your toes.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite Professional Patient: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder by author Leesa Abbott, Psy.D, is an intriguing take on mental disorders from not only a professional psychologist, but also someone who has personally suffered numerous mental disorders. The book presents a candid, raw and motivational look at mental health issues from both points of view – those suffering and those giving treatment. The author recounts her own personal journey with debilitating health issues, including depression, eating disorders, mental breakdowns, and substance abuse, which resulted in countless doctor visits, medical interventions, social stigmas, an emotional roller coaster and more. Readers will be intrigued with how the material is presented from the point of view of someone who has not only lived it, but is now helping treat it.  I found Professional Patient: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder a tough read (because of the subject matter) but also inspiring at the same time. It was heartbreaking to read about all the health issues the author has had to deal with since she was a young girl. Even in present day, there is a certain shame and stigma when suffering mental issues and I applaud the author for sharing her story in such a candid fashion. I think one of the reasons that Leesa Abbott has made it as far as she has is because of the support and encouragement from her husband, family and friends. I would recommend Professional Patient: A Memoir of Bipolar Disorder by Leesa Abbott to anyone who is suffering a mental breakdown (or knows someone suffering mental issues) to get a motivational and inspirational look into these life-changing health issues.
ChrisJones66 More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised that this author, a mental health professional, was willing to share the details - good and bad - about her life at this level. She opens up about sexual assault, eating disorders, alcoholism, serious family dynamics and conflicts and of course her journey with bipolar disorder. You will find this to be a gripping book whether you've had a mental illness or not.
RoseWilson More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a memoir on bipolar disorder, this is the one. don't bother with the others on the market. this is the real thing written by an author who has struggled with the illness and is a mental health counselor and professor
Frett More than 1 year ago
Super job exploring the depths and heights of bipolar disorder.
sue1111 More than 1 year ago
Exceptional story of a woman with bipolar disorder who suffers through severe depression off and on through her life. She reveals intimate secrets about personal trauma, suicide, her work inside a prison for males, and many other interesting aspects of her life up until this point. The book ends on a positive note and send such a positive message to everyone out there who has been through similar struggles. I would suggest this book to anyone, especially if you enjoy memoirs and/or have been through mental health problems or trauma.
JimHudson More than 1 year ago
Captivating memoir. Takes you on a journey of ups and downs, highs and lows, leaves you pulling for the author who faces numerous obstacles throughout her life. She becomes an advocate for mental health in the long run and I applaud her for that.
skinny24 More than 1 year ago
Great memoir. Love the depth and honesty that flows through. This is a raw, genuine approach to the inner workings of an individual with bipolar disorder.
booklover024 More than 1 year ago
This is quite intriguing. You dive deep into the world of an individual who suffers through bipolar disorder, as well as several other mental health conditions and get a firm grasp on her experience from that angle. Then you also get the perspective of a mental health professional who treats individuals with mental health and teaches psychology. The interweaving of the two is something you don't find much among mental health memoirs. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. I think others will two. I highly recommend it.
FlowerGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Remarkable memoir. A Story of survival and strength in the face of adversity
RiverSanchez More than 1 year ago
I was given a promo copy from the author and I'm so glad I did. This memoir gives you such a complete picture of bipolar disorder as well as many other issues of mental illness and family alcoholism. I could relate on so many levels
stevie5 More than 1 year ago
This book takes you on an emotional journey around the country detailing an explicit account of the author's experience with bipolar disorder as well as substance abuse, anorexia, and anxiety. I learned a lot from it and enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to anyone who has struggled with a mental illness..
ShawnBookLover More than 1 year ago
great memoir
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Rachel12 More than 1 year ago
Exceptional memoir. In depth personal story. I highly recommend.
EdCarpenter More than 1 year ago
Super memoir. Loved it.
redwhiteandblue2 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Highly recommended.
Jack_Fenway More than 1 year ago
Great memoir. Educational, inspiring, and entertaining!