A thorough and thoughtful manual on a challenging illness.

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BIPOLAR WELLNESS

HOW TO RECOVER FROM BIPOLAR ILLNESS

Rose turns his struggles with bipolar disorder into advice for others in this debut motivational work.

Bipolar disorder, with its periods of mania, hypomania, and depression, can derail a person’s life. Although there’s no cure, per se, one can find effective ways to live with it: “I have been able to manage my bipolar illness without hospitalization for the last 25 years,” writes the author. However, success is about “more than just avoiding the psychiatric hospitalization; it is being able to have an active and meaningful business and family life.” Rose shares how he uses methods of his own design to grow what he calls “the Mid-Polar Zone”—a middle ground between depression and mania. The author comes from a family of people who have struggled with bipolar illness (including tragic victims of disorder-related suicide), and he was hospitalized for it in the late 1960s, when treatments were nothing short of brutal. This book serves as a road map to avoid such outcomes, aiming to help readers to identify symptoms of the disorder, investigate different medications, manage their activities, and find useful resources. Each chapter concludes with a “Recovery Action Sheet” that clearly states a disorder-management goal and offers a numbered list of actions that readers can take to achieve it. Rose’s prose style is earnest but direct, balancing empathy with frank advice: “One thing that happens, especially in manic waves of energy, is that we become convinced we are right….It is much more important in relationships to learn to be wrong than it is to be right.” The author makes clear that he isn’t a medical professional, and he encourages readers to seek medical treatment and to read more scientific works on bipolar illness. However, Rose’s guide may, in conjunction with professional help, provide a supportive, action-based regimen that will allow sufferers to feel more in control of their lives.

A thorough and thoughtful manual on a challenging illness.

Pub Date: March 30, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9991112-0-8

Page Count: 306

Publisher: Bipolar Wellness Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 11, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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