Mad Like Me

Mad Like Me : Travels in Bipolar Country

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to live with bipolar disorder? Ever agonized about whether your own or a loved one's mood swings are normal or not? This is the book for you! Mad Like Me: Travels in Bipolar Country takes you on a wild, no-holds-barred gallop through one health professional's battles with bipolar disorder. In 2008, Hammond was struck with bipolar disorder at age 51. Just imagine: almost overnight, she flipped from being a researcher and public health consultant to a locked-ward patient. She shares everything she learned along the way about how to reclaim your own mental health and maintain stability, and does so in an accessible, readable, often humorous way.

Her fearless honesty in vividly retelling events helps to demystify this much-misunderstood mental illness, and to humanize the people it affects. The book is proof that hope and recovery are possible, and a poignant salute to her family who stood by her through the pain and triumph of their shared saga. This is an essential resourcefor patients working towards recovery, for families who need insight into what it is truly like to have bipolar disorder, and for therapists, nurses, and psychiatrists. Readers and reviewers have raved: mesmerizing, captivating, riveting, compelling, elucidating, enlightening, inspiring, remarkable, deeply personal, stunningly sincere, a must-read, beautifully written, powerfully honest, a bullseye.

If you enjoyed Kay Jamison's classic 1996 memoir, "An Unquiet Mind" or Marya Hornbacher's 2009 triumph, "Madness: A Bipolar Life", you're going to devour this latest bipolar memoir! Hammond says her mission is now to fight the stigma against all forms of mental illness, in all age groups. She hopes that you'll join that undertaking once you've read her book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 399g
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 20 Illustrations
  • 0987678884
  • 9780987678881
  • 1,528,479

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A must-read for anyone living with, loving someone, or counseling a person affected by bipolar disorder. You will be swept up in the sights, sounds, and emotions of "Bipolar Country" as if you are dealing with them in real time. Michele Noble, LPC

This personal story is infinitely better than any textbook could be to really show people what bipolar disorder is all about. It really lets the world know what it is like to LIVE the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Should be compulsory reading for all health professionals. Barbara Webster, RN, BScN, MSc.

Well written, informative, clear and very personal. If I were still treating psychiatric patientsI'd advise them to read it. Dr. Sturla Bruun-Meyer, Psychiatrist

The book is very well written, and this compelling story is at once personal, enlightening, and inspiring. Karen Armstrong, Librarian

Wow; bullseye! The definitive book for bipolar sufferers and everyone around them. I was mesmerized. Read this! Laurence Potgieter

Amazing! Compelling. Infused with humour yet filled with serious research, it permits the reader to enter the incredible labyrinth of the human brain. A must-read. Anne Vrana

I was sucked right in. It gave me a deeper understanding of what my family members with bipolar have dealt with... and how we can support a loved one dealing with it. Sue Canfield

Riveting. This book is for everyone, including medical personnel, to understand the illness from the patient's point of view. Marilyn Ghadirian
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