After going to an incompetent psychiatrist for months while suffering from a severe depression, the author had the enormous good luck to switch to the best psychiatrist in the county. This book tells her story and describes strategies used to heal neuroses and narcissism. More
After unbearable pressure at home and at work, the author became manic and crashed her car into a tree thinking she would become reincarnated. After going to an incompetent psychiatrist, she had the enormous good luck to switch to the best psychiatrist in the county. Here she tells her own story along with chapters on what bipolar disorder is, how cognitive therapy helps and how 12 step programs with their emphasis on a spiritual experience help. She describes what mental health is and what self-actualization is, based on examples from Lincoln's life and Abraham Maslow's writings. The author describes how a person's neuroses and narcissism can be healed. But once healed, the bipolar person still needs medication in the same way a person with diabetes needs insulin.
Mary Beth Smith graduated from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, Md. She worked as a computer programmer for 20 years. She enjoys cats, flying, motorcycling and lives in Cocoa, Florida with her husband novelist G. Ernest Smith.