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Brighter Days: Learning to Manage my Bipolar Brain

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Growing up in a deprived area of North East England in the 1970's, alcoholism and violence played a huge role in Karen's everyday family life. But things were only to become more difficult when, at the age of seventeen, she began her battle with anxiety and depression, an illness nobody recognised. At times feeling as though she was locked inside her own mind, Karen tried ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 27th 2017 by Trigger
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Laura Marchildon
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Searching for Brighter Days: Learning to Manage My Bipolar Brain”, by Karen Manton
Brushed off by doctors upon doctors. Kicked out of psychiatric facilities. No diagnosis. How was a woman to heal?
From Karen’s earliest memories, she had a rough start with life. Her father was a heavy and nasty drinker, accompanied with the continual spousal abuse that happen in front of her eyes, initiated her depression.
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Lucy Nichol
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring and brave story about living with bipolar disorder and the problems that can be faced within the system. Karen shares her experiences of being sectioned and how she learnt to manage life with bipolar. A great read.
Dyane Harwood
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Karen Manton's fascinating memoir "Searching For Brighter Days: Learning to Manage my Bipolar Brain " in just two evenings. This is a beautifully-written account of a remarkable woman's experience with one of the most severe forms of bipolar disorder accompanied by harrowing psychotic episodes. Manton smoothly draws the reader into her compelling story. The author's depiction of her childhood gave me a clear picture of her environment, her family, good times and the dark experiences she f ...more
Nic (Dixie)
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great book and written with so much honesty, I felt as if I was going on the journey with Karen. It made me laugh, cry, feel joy, sadness...so many emotions. Mental health is still misunderstood by so many, and there is so much prejudice in the world, and to hear how it affects someone who is sick makes me feel so sad. I could relate to a lot of the things Karen went through and it helped me to make sense of a lot of things. I highly recommend this book, if you suffer from bipolar ...more
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