Up and down Life The Truth about Bipolar Disorder - The Good, the Bad, and the Funny

ISBN-10: 0399534229
ISBN-13: 9780399534225
Edition: 2008
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Description: A fresh, honest, and practical guide to living with bipolar disorder. Paul Jones, a stand-up comedian and workshop leader who suffers from bipolar disorder, uses humor, honesty, and hard-won practical advice to dispel the stigma surrounding mental  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

A fresh, honest, and practical guide to living with bipolar disorder. Paul Jones, a stand-up comedian and workshop leader who suffers from bipolar disorder, uses humor, honesty, and hard-won practical advice to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and shed light on the challenges of living with bipolar disorder. Offering an intimate view of life with bipolar disorderincluding the most common mistakes bipolar individuals make and how to avoid them and covering every aspect from diagnosis, social life, home life, and career, this is an accessible and engaging guide from someone whos been there and can help readers cope and thrive.

Paul E. Jonesis a popular stand-up comedian and motivational speaker who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003. His mission and passion in life is to educate people who suffer from bipolar disorder, as well as those who treat and love them. Andrea Thompsonis a New York based freelance writer who has co-written many popular books in the areas of health, psychology, relationships, and parenting.

Foreword
Introduction
"You Move from the Dark into the Light": Getting on the Path to Getting Better
"Like a Seesaw Being Pushed by Some Giant, Crazy Hand": What It Feels Like to Have Bipolar Disorder
"Is This What Was Wrong with My Uncle?": Family Connections, Predispositions, and Other Vulnerabilities
"Finally, It All Made Sense": Reaching a Diagnosis
"I Have to Say, the Meds Saved Me": Prescription Medications and Their Benefits, and Staying Medicated
"Nobody but You Can Keep You Well": Staying Motivated, and Taking Your Bipolar Pulse
"We're in This Together": Living with Someone Who's Living with Bipolar Disorder
"You Have to Educate": What Family, Friends, Bosses, and Coworkers Need to Know (or Not)
"I Burned a Lot of Bridges": Making Peace with Your Past and Repairing Damage
Afterword: "A Blessing in a Really Big Disguise!"
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