BY DR SARAH RUSSELL
Many people with manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, are living happy and fulfilling lives. How do they manage to stay well? Contributors to this book discuss many different ways to stay well. It is rarely just about seeing a psychiatrist and taking prescribed medication. It is often about so much more. People who contributed to this collection are working as social workers, engineers, lawyers, stock brokers, nurses, builders, general practitioners, factory workers and so on. Many are parents. Each contributor speaks about manic depression in a personal and unique way. Together, they provide evidence that people with manic depression can, and do, stay well.
BY NATHANIEL LACHENMEYER
Winner of the 2000 Bell Hope Award, presented annually by the Mental Health Association of Southern Pennsylvania, The Outsider: A Journey into my Father's Struggle with Madness is the result of the author's painstaking efforts upon learning of his father's death in 1995, to retrace Charles Lachenmeyer's movements in the years after he left the family and to find a way into the alien world in which he lived. As Nathaniel gradually weaves together the scattered pieces of his father's life, what emerges is the powerful and compelling story of a son struggling to understand what happened to his father, and to know the man he became.
BY JOHN WATKINS
John Watkin's book takes a bold quantum leap beyond the restrictive bio medical notions of 'illnesses' such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, to view these conditions from a holistic perspective that reveals a 'method in the madness' of psychosis. The author John Watkins, writes that some episodes may function as a desperate coping strategy while others reflect a profound developmental crisis or spontaneous self-healing process. Unshrinking Psychosis draws on the accumulated wisdom of mental health experts and individuals with first-hand experience to outline ways of responding to psychosis that will promote healing and recovery.
BY JACINTA SUTHERLAND
Anorexia creeps in and before you know it, it has taken hold. It doesn't discriminate - nowadays those suffering the disorder include boys, girls, men and women. At age fourteen, Tess was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. This is a mother's totally absorbing story about her own, and her family's struggle with a daughter's anorexia. Written from a mother's perspective it describes living and caring for a family member who suffers from an eating disorder.