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She now devotes her advocacy skills to the cause of mental illness. On the boards of directors of several mental health organizations, she also facilitates a weekly community support group at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where, she says, a certain amount of eccentricity seems to be appreciated. Back Psychology Today. Back Find a Therapist.


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Here’s a sampling of renowned authors fighting bipolar stigma with flair:

Author of The Bipolar Lens My view from the rollercoaster. Read now. Her bestselling memoir is a raw and honest story of her own battles with bipolar, a diagnosis that came after she joined the UCLA faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry and her own resistance to treatment. From the outside Lizzie Simon had everything: friends, loving family, ivy-league education, coveted career as a theater producer, yet she still felt lonely and misunderstood.

Olympic distance runner Suzy Favor Hamilton confronts her experience with bipolar mania with brutal honesty. It could have just as easily have been driving me toward drugs and alcohol or gambling, the way it does many people. The message, though, is that it can be treated if diagnosed correctly, with the help of medical people and family and friends. She once again considers her erratic behavior, crippling depressions and suicide attempt, fits of rage and joy, and her arduous battle with an eating disorder, but with a new clarity. Once a successful entertainment attorney representing the likes of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, Cheney has chronicled her lifelong battle with bipolar disorder in this bestseller.

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She pulls no punches in Manic: A Memoir as she recounts the despair, the suicide attempts, flirting recklessly with men, and the dramatic side effects of treatment. Wishful Drinking , an autobiographical collage that originated as a highly praised one-woman performance by Carrie Fisher , became an HBO special, and was published in book form in Patty Duke wrote her memoir Call Me Anna in , but was approached to write another book specifically about bipolar disorder.

A Brilliant Madness , co-authored with medical writer Gloria Hochman, pairs her personal account of having bipolar with scientific information about the illness and ways to treat it. This list needs to be updated.


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My 25 year old son was diagnosed with Bipolar I and depression. He has had one suicide attempt and recently checked himself out of rehab for treatment of dual disorder after 2 weeks.

Manic : a memoir

Hang in there Tracy. I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder when I was 23 and am now Treated with medication until I stabilized and released after weeks. It took me 19 years to finally except that I had a problem that could be solved with medication and I have been on it steadily for the last 9 years.

God willing he will eventually except that he indeed has a problem that can be managed with medication.

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What turned it around for me was that I had children that are now 12 and 14 that I am the sole provider for since they were 3 and 5. I excepted that I had to be medicated in able to be a father to my children. It is typical for a bipolar person to struggle to except there illness so what your going through is indeed normal.

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