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Bipolar 1 Disorder - How to Survive and Thrive

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Bipolar 1 Disorder - How to Survive and Thrive is a memoir of living with Manic Depression plus 10 alternative treatments that will help you or a loved one not only survive this serious and devastating illness but thrive. Things you can do beyond the psychotropic drugs a psychiatrist will prescribe or in addition to taking these medications which will help them be more eff ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 6th 2016 by (first published February 27th 2015)
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James McCormick
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone’s heard of bipolar disorder/ manic depression but what’s it actually like to be a sufferer? Whilst we might sympathise with those in its terrible grip, it’s another matter to be actually able to empathise with such a condition. One of the successes of this book is that the author helps us to do just this as she takes us on her first person account of the last thirty years of her life after being hit by this bio-chemical “freight train.”

I knew sufferers experienced regular cycles of deep
E.M. Swift-Hook
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The lived experience of being bipolar.

'You do not win bipolar cellular control freaks but can we call a truce?'

This book is a very personal account of one woman's experiences with bipolar disorder. But it is also a book that brings in a lot of the information she has come across which she feels will be of value to fellow sufferers and those who are carers, friends and family of someone with the condition. Anyone reading it who has no idea of what it is like to live with a mental health issue, wi
Please Pass the Books
Everything I ever thought I knew about Bipolar disorder...well, to keep from embarrassing myself, let's just say I knew nothing and leave it at that. This memoir starts with Molly McHugh as a San Francisco college student, delving immediately into the subject matter and her first traumatic experience with an episode. It is both terrifying and heartbreaking to read about, with McHugh's raw narrative drawing you in immediately—and deeply.

Throughout, the records of McHugh's experiences are straight
J.P. Willson
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly I am not sure where to begin. There are so many things I can say about this book. Uplifting, enlightening, inspirational, thought-provoking, frightening at times, painful too, heartfelt and an emotional ride all wrapped up in one neat little package.
I am not an uneducated man, I thought I had a fair amount of knowledge on this subject, perhaps not. I did, yet my perceptions were somewhat screwy, as I now believe is the case for most. I have learned so much from this book and I am of course
Kaye Newton
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you, a friend, or family member suspect that you may have a bipolar disorder, read this informative guide. The author has dealt with bipolar disorder for over two decades. Ms. McHugh describes its onset, symptoms, and how it feels to be in a hyper-manic or sluggish depressive state.The author also shares her experiences with doctors and psychiatric hospitals.

My favorite chapters were at the end of the book when McHugh explains what worked for her. She mentions low dose thyroid medicine, salm
Robert Jones
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story grabs you from the first line. This is the story of Molly McHugh's battle with Bipolar I Disorder and her writing gives a true account and insight to how life can dissolve right in front of you. The authors writing reflects the manic episodes she endures, she has a gift of jumping her writing, rushing it, and leaving the reader in a state of confusion too. At first I found this disorientating, I wasn't sure if I liked the style, but after a page or two of catching up with her it felt l ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bipolar 1 Disorder - How to Survive and Thrive by Molly McHugh is both a brave memoir and a guide to how to deal with mental illness issues.

McHugh is very open to her personal struggles, and this makes for an honest read. I appreciate all that she shared, and it's a very compelling memoir. At the same time, it's not exactly a biography that includes every facet of her life (for example, family details are often only skimmed over). Rather, those personal elements are only shared if they are part
Brin Murray
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a personal memoir of the author’s own life experience, following a diagnosis of Bipolar I disorder at the age of nineteen. It employs a highly readable mix of personal anecdote, positive thoughts and wide-ranging advice, from treatment therapies the author found to have worked, others that didn’t, and reflections on current trends in mental health treatment. All are enlivened by a dry sense of humour liberally employed throughout, and at no time does Molly claim that her words are the an ...more
Lillian White
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the frank and honest story of one woman’s experience of Bipolar I Disorder, beginning with the terrifying and confusing ordeal of its onset in her late teens and going on to chronicle how the condition has touched her life ever since. As well as being a valuable resource offering hope, information and support to other potential sufferers, it is also a story –albeit it a true one – which is at times gripping, at other times incomprehensible yet fascinating to those of us fortunate enough ...more
Om Chand
Manic depression has always been one of the most difficult condition for the person who goes through it and the people around--relatives and friends. Having been through this during her early adult years, the author Molly McHugh has put together an amazing book that not only helps us all understand what it's like to be the one who undergoes the devastating experience, but also provides insights into what could be done, in addition to the regular therapy, to reduce the impact of the condition.

Walter Danley
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Help from a Bipolar Disorder Survivor

Frightening periods of knowing you are out of control, but believing you are doing terrific! Sounds like a recreational drug-induced high, but that is what people with this affliction experience without warning. Author Molly McHugh tells it like it is, and some of it isn’t easy to read. The stories McHugh tells happened to her before she was able to control the onset of the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder I with medications. She describes in detail how her bra
Heather Murray
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halfway through her book, Molly McHugh fills us in on its purpose:
“This book is meant to serve as a resource … to anyone who has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder or who has a loved one with the illness. Or anyone who is studying psychology or psychiatry and wants to know what it is really like.”

Bipolar 1 Disorder (BPD1) is the more technical term for severe manic depression, a psycho-physiological condition that causes sufferers to experience extreme states of euphoria and hyperactivity fo
G.J. Griffiths
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the very beginning the author admits to writing a memoir of her personal experiences living with the illness Bipolar 1 Disorder. At times it came across to me as a combination of a brief autobiography and a self-help journal, even though it was a difficult read. Molly McHugh keeps nothing back when describing her manic phases and the unsympathetic treatment she was often subjected to when a younger adult. Despite this the reader is often fed many light hearted, amusing moments through her i ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bipolar 1 Disorder - How to Survive and Thrive by Molly McHugh gives a deep look into the feelings and experiences that a person with Bipolar endures. The author, a sensitive and articulate writer, guides the reader through her personal journey, as she slides into the unfamiliar world of mental illness. Reading this book is like getting into a canoe and shooting waterfalls. The wild ride is due to McHugh’s ability to transmit feelings through her writing. Readers will learn what it is like to mo ...more
Erin Bomboy
Like many, I was shocked by the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain just days apart. It threw into relief how little I know about mental illness and the ways that we, as a society, continue to ignore and downplay its severity and ubiquity. I've had several friends — even a roommate — who were bipolar, yet I know next to nothing about the condition.

Molly McHugh's Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive uses her personal experience to unpack what it means to live with bipolar disorde
J.B. Trepagnier
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I should give a forward in this review that I'm also bipolar, but generally avoid reading books on mental health unless they are written by a license medical professional and the only alternative medical treatment articles I read are those that have been peer reviewed before publishing.

When I was diagnosed, I was several years older than the author and it was about a decade later. I was initially misdiagnosed, knew I was misdiagnosed, but my doctor at the time refused to listen to me. After tha
Diana Febry
I recommend to anyone directly affected by bi-polar especially family and friends of someone suffering at the higher end of the spectrum of the illness or Bi-polar 1 and I really, really wish the system would allow me to review this book without having to give it a rating.
The book is a brutally honest account of one woman's struggle with bi-polar and the damaging effect it has had on her life. The opening chapter gives an amazingly realistic and terrifying description of what it feels like to ha
Elizabeth Johnson
What a brilliant write up, I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about when I first picked it up but I have always been curious about the Bipolar disorder. I have seen the disorder played up on screen and I had always wondered if that was exactly how the disorder played up in people who suffer from it. The authors memoir really takes you into the detailed journey of what happens from the beginning on to the end of each attack. I must say, I found some of the write up a bit fast paced at t ...more
Melinda Brasher
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The style of this book is unique. Lots of fragments. Chatty tone with convoluted sentence structure. Lots of omitted subjects, sometimes with weird or awkward effects. A timeline that bounces around. All this isn't exactly my cup of tea, but it's interesting, and I think it is meant to echo some of the sensations of the mania described in the book.

There are a few typos and errors, but nothing too distracting.

It's a bit harsh here and there, though understandably so.

I would have liked the author
Tally, The Chatty Introvert
part autobiographical, part informative, I have to say there was a lot of good info in this one.

I also had a hard time getting through it on occasion because the formatting could've used some work. There are moments when the author's got a study that relates to what she's talking about, but you almost don't realize it til the citation pops up in the end. A shade box or something would've made less of a guessing game, but at least it was good info.

All in all, worth a look if you know somebody who
Rachael Thompson
This is a great resource for anyone who has BP I and (in my opinion) especially helpful for anyone who is close to someone with this diagnosis. Most of the resources about this disorder are quite clinical. We can forget we are talking about people! The author is very open about her experiences, from the very onset of her BP disorder. As a reader, I was able to empathize with her throughout. Thank you for your honesty and for humanizing this mental health disorder. I know this will help a lot of ...more
Lucy Lang
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this lively firsthand account of what it's like to live and breathe Bi-polar or Manic Depression. The author takes us on a frightening, but ultimately triumphant, journey into darkness. We see the discrimination, the drug-driven treatments, the hopelessness. However, this is a book about survival and with sharp self-knowledge and self-care, there is light at the end of the tunnel. An inspiring read! ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the book, it is a eye opener about the subject the bipolar.
I think the author is very brave to expose her self with this book. The stigma today is still very negative to people with bipolar. This book give a lot of information about the illness, general and personal. The book is well done and is recommended to people that would like to understand better the bipolar.
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

I really loved all the insight and first hand experiences that the author described. It really helped me to understand what my spouse has dealt with as someone living with Bipolar 1 and different ways I can help him. 10/10 would recommend. I couldn't put it down. Probably read the whole book within 5-6 hours.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting on board this train – a metaphor used by the author herself in describing the impact of Bipolar 1 Disorder on her brain – takes the reader through landscapes of mental illness, abuses of the mentally ill, to places of traditional and alternative treatments for the disease. At the end of the trip, the reader is better informed, empowered and inspired. There are enough negative events in the author’s life, from the onset of getting Bipolar 1 Disorder through an approximate 30-year span of ...more
Jessie David
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about bipolar illness, what it is like, the author's experience, and how certain things can help to improve the condition or lessen the pain etc. The author has covered in great detail what she has gone through in her life with this illness and how she overcame it. The book "Bipolar 1 Disorder - How to Survive and Thrive" offers great details and information to help others who are suffering from this condition or for their loved ones who are suffering from bipolar illness. It is not e ...more
Rick Taubold
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of us I suspect have heard the term “Bipolar Disorder,” but I imagine that few, like myself, had no need to understand it unless you knew someone who suffered from it. I was not in that position. I read this book simply for a review exchange (and did purchase it) and would not have otherwise been looking for a book on this subject.

However, I am very glad that I did read it because it was a good learning experience. Author Molly McHugh has an easy-going, educated, writing style geared to tea
John Wood
As a manic-depressive myself, I was eager to read how author McHugh, diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder, the most severe form of manic-depression, has coped with the condition throughout her life. Her firsthand account is an amazing tale of grit, determination, and sheer will that proves it’s possible to withstand the worst that life can throw at you.

I would have given this honorable, much-needed, and well-intentioned book a higher rating but for its writing. Author McHugh writes in a sort of a
Anthony Stancomb
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-wrenching journey through life of someone struck by Bi-polar syndrome in early adulthood, and of her struggle to survive and prosper despite it.
We follow the author through her efforts at nursing school and college as she tried to maintain relationships with employers/ workmates/ lovers (she did well there – I wish I’d had such success!)/doctors/ parents/siblings, and she emerges from the dark tunnel later in life having learned an awful lot about her condition and being able to give adv
A.A. Bavar
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I would like to congratulate Ms. McHugh for her accomplishment, and her courage and selflessness in writing such a personal and touching story.

Like many people, I had heard of Bipolar disease but never really understood what it was, and the different ways in which it could manifest itself. I was truly touched by how Ms. McHugh had the courage to tell the world her story, her struggles to find herself when lost in an alien world, and her fight to better the system that failed her so ma
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