Blanche Belljar

Biography

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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Books

What Would Happen If Erma Bombeck Bought A Vibrator?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
I've just written a new eBook about the funny side of having bipolar disorder. It is written in the style of Erma Bombeck, who liked to write about trying out new items of interest to homemakers in the 1970's. As far as I know, she wasn't bipolar—but I am—and I just bought and used a vibrator for the first time. My story is not about your mother’s Erma Bombeck and is for those 18 and older.
Reassuring Madness: How To Care for Loved Ones Who Have Bipolar Disorder
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychopathology / bipolar disorder
This book is the sometimes funny/sometimes heartbreaking story of one families’ battle with bipolar disorder. It is told from the point of view of a sister and daughter who has bipolar disorder also, but has been fortunate enough to have had thirty years of excellent psychiatric care, so that she’s able to share practical tips, survival skills, & coping mechanisms she’s learned to help others.
Surviving and Thriving with Bipolar Disorder: Tips from a Survivor
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,270. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychopathology / bipolar disorder
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.

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