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Manic Madness To Depressive Depths written by Sylvia Meier is the second book in the Living Bipolar Series.
When reading this book I felt like I was peeking into Sylvia's diary, and in many ways I was. This book provides a look into the mind of a very courageous woman, mother, and talented writer who has struggled with Bipolar Syndrome since she was thirteen years old.
She shows us who have never experienced what it is to live Bipolar exactly how she feels and thinks and how she deals with how she thinks and feels. As Bipolar Disorder is a Mental Illness it's her state of mind that is so important and she bravely opens up herself and mentally bleeds throughout the pages to show us her struggles as a mother, her struggles with medication - and her her suicide attempt, a moment that she describes as both the lowest and highest point of her life.
At times, especially in the beginning, she shares with us beautiful dark poetry, while at other times her writings feel more like very personal blog posts.
I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with any type of mental health disorders, because sometimes when you have been struggling alone for a long time it can really help to read how others with similar problems feel and think, and how they overcome these extreme challenges. Sylvia especially wants anyone struggling with Bipolar Disorder or any similar Mental Illness that you are not alone!
This book is also great for people who have no real experience with mental health problems because it shows that people with these problems are good people genuinely struggling and that they are not the stereotyped stigmas that you often see on TV.
For those of you who love someone who is living Bipolar, reading this should help you understand just how difficult life can be, and it may help open your compassion a little bit more, if you have struggled with this due to not truly understanding the severity of this illness.
I also highly recommend Living Bipolar: Learning to live with bipolar disorder, her first book in this series.
If you know of someone close to you who is dealing with depression, this book is well worth reading. I truly have a greater understanding of what my friends are dealing with.
If I had to put my finger on one thing that spoke to me the most is how Sylvia shares that acceptance is a huge part of living with being Bipolar. She tells of how unpredictable the medication changes can be and how you have to endure the process of getting back to a normal state. She even addresses what being normal means when you are bipolar, basically just accepting that you are who you were created to be means that you are normal.
It's all in this book, things like feeling really good about life and at the same time being fearful to take on responsibilities because you know that the depression and anxiety are unpredictable and may set in at any moment.
She even gives a brief mention of what happens with her sex drive, desire to accomplish things, sleeping patterns and her eating habits when she is either depressed or manic.
If you want to understand what someone who lives with being Bipolar is enduring, you're going to love this book, as I did.