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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideas for avoiding bipolar diagnosis and living a life with purpose, 5 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Am I Bipolar or Waking Up? (Paperback)
After a powerful emotional experience Sean Blackwell was sure he was destined to be something other than a Canadian advertising man.

Sean describes a close shave with death that may have contributed to what many would have seen as a manic episode. The autobiography unfolds with many seemingly chance encounters leading to the start of Sean's new life in Brazil.

This is an exceptionally well-written and enjoyable autobiography. If you know of Sean's current work you will have a good idea how the book ends, yet Sean tells it as it happened with only vague insights into what the future would hold for him.

Reading about 'spiritual awakenings' and how young people are being 'stamped' with the bipolar label in North and South America, has got us (at Rethinking Health) wondering how often manic episodes would be better described as Emotional Awakenings.

Emotional Awakenings: It seems young people who are trying to live the life others expect of them can quite suddenly have a wave of extreme emotion accompanied by bizarre behaviour. Yet, with good support people come through this without a mental health diagnosis, without psychiatric drugs, and often with a new sense of purpose.

In this book we are reminded, "The number of American children and adolescents treated for bipolar disorder increased 40-fold from 1994 to 2003" - Benedict Carey 4th September 2007 - NY Times

'Am I Bipolar or Waking Up?' by Sean Blackwell is full of hope and needs to be read by every parent in the western world if the bipolar epidemic is to brought under control.

Roger Smith
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