My name is Dr. Fred and I have been retired I was an Optometrist, specializing in developmental and behavioral vision for more than 33 years. I gave sight to others so as to learn from their insight. I am happily married to a lovely lady, years and counting. She supported me during my episodes and I owe my life to her. At 76, I have knowledge and experience when it comes to dealing with Bipolar Disorder. My mission is to help others in achieving emotional stability without episodes. I’ve lived 58 years with Bipolar I. For the first 25 years I dealt with over 5 episodes. Since then, I have transformed my life by changing my thoughts and being totally compliance with Lithium. I’ve maintained over 31 years of "episode-free emotional stability". Some would classify this as a "Functional Bipolar”. Perhaps I might classify it as "Functionally Cured". I was one of the first to receive Lithium when the FDA approved it in 1971. It has kept me stable for over 35 years, along with knowing the “Power of Being Positive with Bipolar Disorder”.
Striving For Normalcy - The Mental Illness Rollercoaster
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.