Surfing the Edge: a survivor’s guide to bipolar disorder
The computer's on
The stereo's on
Sleep is a waste of time
Welcome to the world of Bipolar Disorder, a journey to the outer edges of the mind.
A story told with humour, honesty and insight by Adam, Faye and Alastair, three survivors who have experienced the illness first hand. With contributions from Mental Health professional, Chris Kelly.
The way the authors wrote as though they were sitting down having a discussion put me immediately at ease and made me want to read more. I found that I had similar situations growing up.
I would recommend this book to anyone who might suspect they are bipolar.
I recommend this book as a quick guide for everyone whether you are a person trying to survive or someone who simply wants to know, this book is for you.
Now I feel more confident in what I can do to help other's if I am ever in the situation to, I'm less weary and definitely keeping a copy for reference.
Thank you Adam and everyone who helped in creating this guide!
Following them from childhood, the book looks at the impact of the illness on the most personal aspects of their lives. Exploring their experiences with sex, drugs and alcohol, the reactions of their family members, and their social lives they share and compare the effects of the disorder. Described in vivid terms, the highs and lows of bipolar disorder impact their responses to a variety of situations. The question of heredity is raised and examined, along with the possible influences of environment, parental interaction, and the use of mood enhancing substances.
Insightful in its honesty, the book provides a view that might be comforting to others who deal with bipolar disorder. Raising awareness of the similar experiences of these three individuals can be reassuring. As a tool for mental health professionals it offers a unique examination of how those affected by the illness view their lives.
In the final chapters coping strategies are offered as well as a summary that concludes with recommended reading to further enhance the readers knowledge of the variables in the disease. Useful activities are provided which can aid in dealing with the self management necessary to effectively handle the mood fluctuations common to bipolar disorder.
This is an excellent resource for sufferers and professionals but should not be relied on as the final word on coping with manic depression. I recommend it as an additional piece of educational material written in simple and easy to comprehend terms.