Need treatment? Find help or get online counseling right now!

Archives for Books

Bipolar Stories

Wishful Drinking

Last night my wife and I watched Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking – the HBO film version of her solo Broadway performance based on her book of the same title. In Wishful Drinking, Fisher recounts the emotional ups and downs of her childhood and career and her struggles with depression and mania, all in a very humorous way.

One thing that struck me, and I've noticed this in other situations, is that families are often pretty...
Continue Reading

Books

Book Review: Balancing the Beast

About a year ago, a friend of a friend of mine from Slovenia, Helena Smole, sent me her book, Balancing the Beast: A Bright View of Schizoaffective Disorder – Bipolar or Manic-Depressive Type.

I tend to drag my feet when asked to do book reviews, and I was turned off by the use of the phrase "mental patient"...
Continue Reading

Books

Book Review: The Family ADHD Solution

I know this is Bipolar Beat and not ADHD Beat, but a close colleague of mine just published a book that I think is one of the best for helping families deal with ADHD, and I wanted to post about it to spread the word.

Mark Bertin MD is the author of The Family ADHD Solution (Palgrave Macmillan) which blends the science of ADHD and brain development into remarkably powerful tools for families and children living...
Continue Reading

Bipolar Stories

The Unwelcome Gift

Did you ever have a teacher you loathed but came to appreciate, respect, and even love over time? I've had a few.

These were people who saw my real potential and pushed relentlessly, making it impossible to slack off and take short cuts. They brought out the best in me.

Oddly enough, the same can be said of Manic Depression. For me it has been a hard, even cruel teacher; however, without...
Continue Reading

Books

Book Review: Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg

I recently read Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg. This captivating novel is his autobiographical account of surviving his third major manic episode. As one might imagine, time passes at an accelerated rate during mania, and thus the book has an extremely fast and increasingly frenetic pace. In other words, it's a very quick read.

As one who is familiar with the highs of bipolar disorder, I found it quite interesting and...
Continue Reading

Books

Book Review: Bi-Polar Expedition by Neil Walton

I just finished reading Bi-Polar Expedition by Neil Walton (Chipmunka Publishing, 2007), and I must admit it was a very gripping read for me. I found it astounding that the paranoid delusions and hallucinations that Mr. Walton experienced during his manic highs so closely resembled my own imaginings.

After reading other bipolar memoirs and descriptions of people's manic experiences, I guess these are recurring themes. How odd though, I think, that people from...
Continue Reading