Discover the page-turning, first-person story of a woman gripped by the onset of bipolar disorder, the threats to her marriage and how she eventually tames the beast of mental illness.
I knew I needed a break. I didn't realize I'd had one.
An unanticipated pregnancy for a suburban Minneapolis mother of three rocks her world in 1987. Determined to gain control of her life, she seeks care from a friendly OB-GYN. Boundaries blur after the child arrives and she finds herself distracted by the imagined relationship with the gynecologist. Her marriage and mental health on the brink of collapse, she takes a leap of faith one hot summer night and becomes convinced she's the Second Coming. Her revelations land her in a psychiatric ward.
With hard-earned wisdom and insight, she recalls the intervening years dealing with bipolar disorder, the trial and error of various psychiatrists and the methods she discovers to help alleviate the disorder on her own. She raises her children and the dynamics of her marriage continue to evolve after she uncovers a devastating personal secret.
Can the marriage survive? Will the doctor continue to play a role in her life? Alternately funny and moving, The Second: A Memoir of Love and Commitment depicts how mental illness sometimes affects lives right next door.
An inspiring, hopeful book about a regular mom facing extraordinary circumstances whose mission is to end the stigma surrounding healthcare for mental illness.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One The Break
Chapter Two Seeds of Schism
Chapter Three The Reluctant Bride
Chapter Four Homemaker in Training
Chapter Five Classic Vinyl
Chapter Six Enter the Doctor
Chapter Seven Special Delivery
Chapter Eight Make a Move
Chapter Nine Cutting Edge
Chapter Ten Close Encounters
Chapter Eleven The Annual
Chapter Twelve The Meltdown
Chapter Thirteen A Chat with God
Chapter Fourteen The Admit, Part 1
Chapter Fifteen The Admit, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen The Obedient Patient
Chapter Seventeen Trying to Cope
Chapter Eighteen Spirited Away
Chapter Nineteen A Few Good Years
Chapter Twenty Bonjour et Au Revoir
Chapter Twenty-One A New Start
Chapter Twenty-Two Gradual Decline
Chapter Twenty-Three Testing the Net
Chapter Twenty-Four The Unraveling
Chapter Twenty-Five The Last Time
Chapter Twenty-Six Recovery
Chapter Twenty-Seven New Rules
Chapter Twenty-Eight Becoming a Grown-Up
Chapter Twenty-Nine The Happy Times
Chapter Thirty God
Chapter Thirty-One The Concept of Five
Chapter Thirty-Two Re-Newlyweds
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