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Frances R. Armstrong is a wife, a mother of three children, and grandparent of four. She is a published author of paranormal romance. Living in Ontario, Canada, her entire life, she chose to share her experiences with mental illness rather than hide in her home and suffer in silence. It's important to her that the stigma of mental illness is removed so that people will learn about it and not fear it.
With one in five people diagnosed with the many forms of mental illness, Frances decided to talk to people about how it's affected not only her life, but the lives of so many others. She sought help as soon as she was diagnosed after a severe breakdown in 2002, and strives each day to battle the Bipolar II Disorder with her head held high.
Striving For Normalcy is based on her personal experiences, and references from the internet, as well as a qualified psychiatrist. It is her hope that people will learn and understand the inner workings of the disease, helping families and friends learn how to live with, not only the person who is ill, but change the way that society deals with those who suffer every day from an illness that rules their bodies and minds.
Dr Fred Von Gunten
on July 15, 2014 :
STRIVING FOR NORMACLY: The Mental Health Rollercoaster By Frances R. Armstrong
Frances is a talented author of fictional paranormal romantic/suspense novels. However, she readily admits that writing her personal experiences about her nonfiction book, was both challenging and “healing” for her bipolar ll disorder. It is her truthful and honest approach of writing that will encourage the reader to understand BP ll and empathize with what she needed to cope with on a daily basis. She states that “honesty” is her key to understanding the struggles she experienced with the tremendous mood swings that her rollercoaster forced her to ride. One of the ways she learned how to control the “rollercoaster” of mood swings was the “Power of her Pen”. She states: “Journal all your negative episodes and experiences, for it will show you the positive way of continuing your life.” Creating this book has given her the secrets of positive insight to knowing what normalcy was needed to be in her life. And more than that, she states, “it has given me the insight to who I am”, and to be self- confident in all aspects of her life. I highly recommend this book for understanding the nature of bipolar disorder. It will educate one in a positive way to forgive the stigma that surrounds this disorder and all mental disorders.
Fred L. Von Gunten, O.D.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)