Karen Tyrrell knows what you need to do to stay well with bipolar disorder – she's prevented a relapse of her mania since 2006. But since her memoir MKaren Tyrrell knows what you need to do to stay well with bipolar disorder – she's prevented a relapse of her mania since 2006. But since her memoir Me and Her: a Memoir Of Madness was published, she had two secrets revealed to her that unravelled her understanding of her mental health. She writes, "On a brilliant blue sky day, my husband Steve finally revealed the awful truth to me."
This second book is part self-help manual and part memoir, so in it Tyrrell gives you specific actions you can take to stay well. She shares these tips in chapters like "Recognise Your Early Warning Signs," "Know Your Triggers," "Sleep Better" and "Be Mindful with Mindfulness." Whether or not she's aware of it, she stumbles into a lot of practical tips supported by evidence-based research into what actually works to stay well with bipolar disorder.
After starting the book with the news that her husband had revealed some awful truth to her, she skilfully withholds that truth until we come to the memoir part of the book. She shares her story with painful honesty - I say painful because she talks openly about her flaws as much as other people's.
I'm in a unique position to critique this book: A month before I turned 21, I was hospitalized in a psych ward (now, "mental health inpatient units") and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over the next five years I was hospitalized four times. On 1 May 2013, I'll be celebrating 12 years of using evidence-based bipolar treatments to stay well. I am also a writer. I bring both these perspectives to my review of this book.
If you followed Tyrrell's guidelines in the self-help part of the book, you would increase your chances of staying well. Research shows that someone with bipolar disorder has an average of eight relapses over 10 years. Follow her advice and you will reduce the number of relapses you have - if you have any at all.
In the memoir part of the book, Tyrrell's writing is at its best. She knows how to feed readers with a piece of information that makes you ask a question, and then she withholds the answer until much later in the book. By then, you're hooked. In the memoir section, she shares the challenges of being in a relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder. Part of the reason I avoided dating for a decade was that I thought no one could handle my irrational moodiness (I now have a wonderfully supportive partner who has the patience muscles of Schwarzenegger). It's not often you get insights into the challenges of being a partner to someone with a mental illness.
This book will be of most helpful to people who have bipolar disorder who want to stabilize their moods and prevent manic or depressive relapses. Another group who will find it useful are partners, families or carers of people with bipolar disorder. Finally it will help people without direct experience of mental illness who want to understand more. We're on Goodreads, so let me assure you that this is a good read....more
This reads like a fast-paced thriller as Karen Tyrell leads you through the twists and turns of her journey with bipolar disorder. If you have bipolarThis reads like a fast-paced thriller as Karen Tyrell leads you through the twists and turns of her journey with bipolar disorder. If you have bipolar or know someone who does, this is a must-read....more
Fortunatey, this book shows you how to alter your self-image to truly reflect who you are, thereby lettThe ceiling on your success is your self-image.
Fortunatey, this book shows you how to alter your self-image to truly reflect who you are, thereby letting your brilliance shine.
Alongside Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it ranks as the best self-help book ever. Almost everything written in the field since is derivative to a greater or lesser extent. It's the kind of book destined to become a classic because it's ideas are easy-to-understand and simple to practice, and yet take a lifetime to master.
Even small successes using Psycho-Cybernetics will make Olympic differences to your enjoyment of life....more
Maxwell Maltz's magnum opus guides you in applying rational thinking to achieve your goals and develop an accurate and healthy self-image.
Maltz believMaxwell Maltz's magnum opus guides you in applying rational thinking to achieve your goals and develop an accurate and healthy self-image.
Maltz believes that success will be automatic, if you use your brain properly. Inside your head is an automatic success mechanism that seeks to achieve goals. Your role in the process is to use the conscious mind to choose what goals you set and then you get out of the way and let your automatic success mechanism do its thing.
This volume covers the Great Ideas from Man to World. In an essay located after these entries, you will learn how the Great Books, Great Ideas and topThis volume covers the Great Ideas from Man to World. In an essay located after these entries, you will learn how the Great Books, Great Ideas and topics were chosen. It's a must-read to gain a liberal education....more
Read this review only if you own a business or are self-employed.
Still with me? Bob Bly is the copywriter who got me started down the same path. His bRead this review only if you own a business or are self-employed.
Still with me? Bob Bly is the copywriter who got me started down the same path. His books are loaded with practical advice that comes from reading broadly and having decades of experience. In short, he's a seasoned veteran and if you're in business, then you'd do well to pay attention to him.
While this advice is aimed at business owners and corporate managers, because of Bly's background, many of the examples are drawn from his copywriting career. Not that this means other businesses are neglected. Copywriting by its nature is writing for other businesses.
Published in 2003, this book is not just one for when times are tough; Bly also shows you how to manage when you hit a boom. He divides the book into personal strategies, such as using your time more wisely and improving your relationship skills; marketing, the core of the book, where he shows you how to split customers into groups depending how likely they are to buy and then he shows you how to reach each group; business strategies, such as reducing costs and making competitive quotes; and he finishes with customer service, emphasizing that this is where your business needs to stand out from the rest.
I have two reasons why I like Bly's books so much. First, he writes clearly and he draws on his extensive reading and not just his vast experience. Second, over the years of my copywriting career, I've tested out his ideas and they work.
Here he changes his advice about setting a fee and sticking to it. When times are tough, you need to negotiate to survive. I'm not sure whether I agree with this or not yet. Dan Kennedy has just written No BS Price Strategies for the New Economy and I'll be interested in seeing his thoughts and then testing out both approaches before I arrive at any conclusions.
If you want to increase your business, then you'll find it impossible to walk away from this book without at least one idea. Over the coming weeks, I'll be implementing some of these ideas and if I remember, I'll come back and let you know how they go....more
On May 1, 2015, I will have prevented mania or depression from sending me to hospital for 14 years. Even though I only finished reading this book todaOn May 1, 2015, I will have prevented mania or depression from sending me to hospital for 14 years. Even though I only finished reading this book today, many of its ideas and principles have been key to me staying well. Patients need to participate with their physicians in their treatment. Brilliant work!...more
Many books start with characters in bad circumstances who escape those places. Sharp Objects looks at what happens when you return.
Camille Preaker isMany books start with characters in bad circumstances who escape those places. Sharp Objects looks at what happens when you return.
Camille Preaker is a reporter dealing with life after a stay in a psych ward (or the politically correct, “mental health inpatient unit”). Her alert editor smells a story, a potential serial killer on the loose in a small town, that will boost the paper’s prestige. The murders, however, are taking place in Preaker’s home town, Wind Gap.
Once back there, Preaker struggles to remain the adult she’s become since she left and moved to Chicago. She finds herself deferring to her mother and wanting her sister to like her.
Like Preaker, I had a childhood filled with troubles – I was sexually abused by two relatives and emotionally abused by another – and while I’ve resolved those things, whenever I return to visit my family, I find myself acting like a little boy.
Flynn’s story is gripping. One of the things I love most about crime novels is working out who did it. Flynn outwitted me and I’m grateful. Her writing is sharp and fresh.
If you like crime books, then this is a no-brainer must-read....more
I think I'm into Tim Minchin a lot more than I've made time for. His rational approach to life, captured in this graphic novel where the scientific chI think I'm into Tim Minchin a lot more than I've made time for. His rational approach to life, captured in this graphic novel where the scientific character Tim intellectually tussles with the belief-fuelled character Storm, is a call to live based in reality. The YouTube video of the book (search for "Storm The Movie) is worth watching....more
When it comes to Stefan Kazakis, think Donald Trump meets Bradley J. Sugars. He dishes out brutal truth mixed with practical steps to get your businesWhen it comes to Stefan Kazakis, think Donald Trump meets Bradley J. Sugars. He dishes out brutal truth mixed with practical steps to get your business profitable.
From Deadwood to Diamonds names its five parts after the qualities of diamonds: clarity, cut, colour, carat and certification.
The first step Kazakis insists business owners take is to get clarity about their business goals. Without knowing what you want to achieve in business, you won’t know if you’re succeeding.
Next he covers making your profits consistent. After all, “Profitability by itself is no good without predictability.”
The final section deals with building a trusted and effective team so your business can run without you.
Kazakis outlines simple steps you can take to turn your business around. Don’t confuse simple with easy, he says. If it was easy, everyone would do it and reap the rewards: big houses, fast cars and long overseas holidays.
When I read these collected works of Orwell when I was at university, they inspired me to be political in my writings. In this volume, I admire his inWhen I read these collected works of Orwell when I was at university, they inspired me to be political in my writings. In this volume, I admire his intellectual rigour and brutality....more
Even though I don't agree with every single point WJ King makes, I've still given it five stars. My reasoning, if you're in business -- as an employeeEven though I don't agree with every single point WJ King makes, I've still given it five stars. My reasoning, if you're in business -- as an employee, manager, CEO or owner -- you'll get many takeaways from this book....more