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Narrated by Heidi Tabing
Length: 2 Hours, 19 Minutes
[Callinan's book] describes bipolar disorder as a strange place full of darkness and odd behaviors. Of trips to psychiatric wards. Of incredible highs and deep lows. But she is not her disorder. And what's more, people suffering from it can thrive and lead fulfilling lives. That's the message of Erin Callinan ... Her purpose: To challenge people to address and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. - Arizona Daily Sun
"I was frustrated," says Erin Callinan about the genesis of her brave memoir Beautifully Bipolar. "I could no longer sit back while conversation surrounding mental illness was negative, scary, insulting, and inaccurate. I have a voice, and I have a story. I felt a passion, and I went with it. I just started writing: no judgments, limits, or rules. I sat at coffee shops and recapped my experience, page after page, as I integrated my journals. ... " Commenting on the end-result, Callinan says, with satisfaction: "It's unfiltered. It's raw. It's emotional and it's encouraging."
She adds: "There was a part of me that felt great sadness when I reflected back on my life. Sadness about the girl that went through what she did, and the family that suffered along with her. Reading through my journals from those earlier years felt like reading through someone else's life. Part of writing my book meant that I had to relive those horrific memories and face them head on. While I am now successfully managing my disorder, it was challenging for me to return to that dark place ... ."
Readers and reviewers have enthusiastically praised Beautifully Bipolar, one calling it the "perfect first non-clinical book for family members, loved ones, or even sufferers themselves, who are just adjusting to the unsettling diagnosis of bipolar disorder."
Ultimately Erin's story is impossible to set aside and vitally important to know.
About the Author
Erin Callinan is a nationally-known speaker, counselor and activist in the areas of mental health, manic depression, and sexual and domestic violence. For complete details on Erin, and videos of her energetic presentations, please click here.
Paper and Kindle editions published by
Peace of Mind Press in 2013.
The perfect first non-clinical book for family members, loved ones, or even sufferers themselves, who are just adjusting to the unsettling diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
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