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Bi Polar Girl hits the spot,
This review is from: Bi-Polar Girl: An Irreverent Look at Bipolar Disorder (Paperback)A well written, funny and intelligent account of one woman's experience of Bi Polar disorder type II (which I wasn't really aware existed). Many people know about BPD type I where one is beset by a cyclical series of highs and lows - Winston Churchill suffered from this type. Gabrielle Blackman-Sheppard's experience is in many ways more frightening for her - for many years she lived in a long lasting hypo-manic phase, and then crashed, spectacularly and very painfully and had to struggle for a long time to get through the subsequent deep and severe clinical depression that followed her breakdown. At least type I BPDers get a chance to experience a series of highs and lows, and if we are lucky, learn how to cope with them and manage them, over time. For Gabrielle her crash appears to have been a very frightening one-off, that nearly sent her over the edge.
This I am sure will be an excellent guide for anyone looking for help and support for their own BPD or in someone close to them - not everything that Gabrielle experiences or all the treatments that she is given will ring bells, but I was intrigued by her favourable account, for example, of the effects for her of ECT (which I have always viewed negatively through the lens of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).
I was at first irritated by Bi Polar Girl referring to herself in the third person, but in the end it works - it gives both author and reader a degree of detachment, the ability to stand back and laugh, or smile, at least, at some very unfunny times.