Surviving and Thriving with Bipolar Disorder: Tips from a Survivor

Written with self-deprecating humor, my self-help book describes how I’ve managed to survive and thrive with having bipolar disorder for over 25 years. My book offers tips on how to pick a good psychiatrist, how to handle anxiety, how to help a loved one who’s going through a manic episode, and many other tips. It also explores the positive sides to being bipolar--And yes, there are some. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301983506
About Blanche Belljar

Blanche Belljar is a pen name that only a literature major like myself would have invented since I talked about Blanche Dubois from "Streetcar Named Desired" and about "The Belljar" by Sylvia Plath in my first book, "Surviving and Thriving with Bipolar Disorder: Tips From a Survivor." For years, my family and friends have urged me to write books about my experiences with having bipolar disorder. “Maybe you can help other people who are going through the same thing,” they suggested. I was first diagnosed with this disorder in 1985, so it is like “an old friend” to me. I had put off writing about it for many reasons: it was too depressing; too weird; too embarrassing; and too strangely humorous. I finally started writing about it after my brother died. One of the most helpful coping mechanisms my brother had ever taught me was to try to see the humor in some of the distressing things that have happened to us in our family. Ultimately, my books are about hope: you will get better after you are first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My books are also about accepting your illness and how to cope with it; not just for yourself, but also if you have a loved one who is having a bad manic episode and you are trying to help them without going crazy yourself.

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