What people with bipolar said
One of the first books I read after my diagnosis, & still one of the most valuable! It was a great help to, not just myself, but to my family members also struggling to come to terms with the situation. Living on a Roller Coaster offers many valuable ideas & insights for those on both sides of the fence. I could not recommend it highly enough -
I just finished reading the book and am so impressed! It took me longer than I'd normally take to read a book of this length but had to re-read so much of it (to make sure I was reading it right) and to also take breaks to completely absorb the information.
I have started practicing some of the suggested techniques along with continuing to see my psychologist for cognitive therapy and taking my medicine. I think the most important message I got out of this wonderful book is to "stop reading self-help books" and get out and enjoy life! I think with all the right things in place of late I have been well for the longest time (approx. 3 and a half months). I totally recommend this book to anyone well enough to cope with some in depth reading and a serious look at their lifestyle.
I would really like to convey my thanks to Madeleine Kelly for her generosity and insight.-
A guide to the ride from someone who knows! I can think of no more
valuable and practical resource. -
Discrimination and lack of understanding of mental illness
contributes to victimhood and chronic incapacity. This is one cycle that
can and must be broken. I commend Madeleine Kelly's brilliantly evocative,
funny and practical book highly -
I am so impressed with Life on a Roller-coaster! It is a
comprehensive, detailed, practical and immensely readable book...that will
help readers get through the maze of manic depression. Madeleine Kelly has
'been there and done that'. Not only do her personal reflections add
enormous interest and depth, but she also injects some notes of
controversy. Unashamedly written for and from the perspective of people
who have manic depression, the mental health system, mental health
professionals, and the legal system are (quite rightly) held to account.
This book is a 'must read' for anyone who has manic depression or who
cares for or works with someone with the illness -
Life on a Roller-coaster (the first edition) is the most comprehensive book for sufferers and carers of Bipolar Disorder that I have read.
As well as knowledge gained from experiencing manic depressive illness, Madeleine Kelly's insights and research into all corners of the disorder and its management make the book invaluable.
Orthodox and complementary treatments from lithium to the spiritual aspects are all covered, as well as how to cope with day to day life with your partner, as a parent, at work and in relationships.
The free-flowing writing and optimistic message help to make it not just a first class instruction manual, but also a good read.
It should be read by all those with Bipolar Disorder, and their carers, but it would benefit all those who are free of the disorder, just trying to make their lives as healthy, happy and productive as possible.
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General Practitioner review
This is a wonderful book. It is to be strongly recommended to
doctor and patient alike, particularly where manic depressive illness is a
common area of interest to them both. It is particularly insightful.
This pithy oeuvre explores the patient-doctor relationship from many patients' perspectives. This makes it a particularly good read for us doctors.
There is some
practical trenchant criticism of orthodox psychiatry, coupled with equally
practical and constructive advice on how to get the best out of a
sometimes imperfect system.
As a doctor treating individuals with this condition, I know I did!