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Me and Her by Karen Tyrrell
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Mar 31, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: mental-health
Read in May, 2012

Well written. Karen Tyrell articulates what it's like to have bipolar and it's devastation on those who suffer from bipolar and on their careers and family. Bipolar wrecks lives.

This is a first person testimony from a professional writer who has suffered and is surviving bipolar. It benefits those still suffering from bipolar because it lets them know they are not alone and that there is hope.

A common frustration for anyone suffering pain is the inability of others not so stricken to truly appreciate how awful it can be. Well meaning friends and family offer advice that can be demoralizing because it's often evidence they have no idea what it is like to be in a dark pit or on a grandiose high. Reading Karen Tyrell's book is like going to group therapy.

The book also benefits friends and family through educating them and helps them be more empathic and supportive - and can help them cope. Lastly, it educates the public at large about this affliction which helps reduce the stigma.

I think this book will be on most short lists of recommended reading about bipolar - for those who have bipolar, their families, employers, schools, and health professionals.
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