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THE PITS AND THE PENDULUM
     

THE PITS AND THE PENDULUM

by Brian Adams
 

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ISBN-10: 1843101041

ISBN-13: 9781843101048

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers

Spending a week doing nothing but exploring the possibilities of Lego, thereby risking yet another job; impulsively sinking all his savings into wildly impractical self-employment ventures; sleepless nights, gripped by the need to write - these are just some manifestations of the often damaging periods of manic, uninhibited energy Brian Adams has experienced since

Overview

Spending a week doing nothing but exploring the possibilities of Lego, thereby risking yet another job; impulsively sinking all his savings into wildly impractical self-employment ventures; sleepless nights, gripped by the need to write - these are just some manifestations of the often damaging periods of manic, uninhibited energy Brian Adams has experienced since his mid-twenties. But as a sufferer of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression), he has been hospitalized several times with debilitating depression and undergone electric shock treatment, numerous drug therapies and even gone so far as to attempt to take his own life.

This engaging, humorous, sometimes dark and sometimes startling account gives rich insight into how it feels to live with bipolar disorder. It is illuminating, and entertaining, reading for people with mental health problems, their families and professional carers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843101048
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

Not A Survivor's Guide. Prologue. 1. Legoland and Holes in the Head - Mania. 2. The Pits - Depression. 3. Lost in Fife - The Beginning. 4. Flaming Buckets - Seventies Psychiatric Hospital I. 5. Pay and Free Uniform - Seventies Psychiatric Hospital II. 6. Talking to God - Suicide. 7. Christopher Columbus, David Livingstone and Me - Work. 8. One of Us - Famous Manic-Depressives. 9. Babes in my Moods - Paranoia. 10. Not Work, Not Working - Breakdown. 11. Sideways Through the Torphins HaLF-edj - Ambulance Journey. 12. Pantiled Peep Show - Modern Psychiatric Hospital Building. 13. Psychos! Acute Psychiatric Ward. 14. Tack Short of a Fitted Carpet - Synonyms. 15. The Last Time I Saw Linda - Electroconvulsive Therapy. 16. Sweet Violets - The Psychotherapist. 17. Sweating it out with the Professionals - Doctors and Nurses. 18. …and Mopped up by the System - Hospital Appearances. 19. Concessionville - Getting Around. 20. Show Folks - Social Wipeout. 21. The Choir Lady - Making Things Worse. 22. Only a Salt - Prescription Drugs. 23. Another Way of Being - Something to Celebrate?

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