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Battling Bipolar Disorder: A Memoir Christine Solak-Goodwin

Battling Bipolar Disorder: A Memoir

Christine Solak-Goodwin

Published May 8th 2011
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Kindle Edition
199 pages
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I was twenty-six years old and had just endured my second committed psychiatric hospitalization for suicidal depression when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At that time, I had no idea how sick I was—and would later become. Battling BipolarMoreI was twenty-six years old and had just endured my second committed psychiatric hospitalization for suicidal depression when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. At that time, I had no idea how sick I was—and would later become. Battling Bipolar Disorder, a Memoir chronologically reports the pain, despair and hopelessness of a woman suffering from mental illness for seventeen years. My first-person, present-tense story recounts 11 suicide attempts (that I can remember), multiple failed medication trials, electric shock treatments (a last resort that fails) and numerous psychiatric hospitalizations. Even though during many of these episodes I was—and still am—a licensed professional mental health therapist myself, I continue to deny my illness and often refuse treatment, which, of course, results in reckless behaviors. I continually ride a physical, mental and emotional roller coaster.Battling Bipolar Disorder, A Memoir is both graphic and seductive. Readers will be intrigued with the inner workings of mental institutions, suicidal plans and relationships between the bipolar patient and both her family and mental health doctors. These physicians fall into categories of the good, the bad and the ugly.