Too Good for This World: True Stories From People Who Have Mood Disorders PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Katy Sara Culling

Too Good for This World: True Stories From People Who Have Mood Disorders

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Publication date: June 2011
ISBN: 9781847479570
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Description This book includes 14 true stories from people with bipolar disorder or unipolar depression and their great courage and suffering, their struggles and triumphs. Edited or co-written by Katy Sara Culling, the stories are all of high quality and interest. Each story is totally unique, giving the reader a broad spectrum of mood disorder experiences to draw from, making this book useful for the sufferer, carers, and medical professional, as well as the general public who wish to educate themselves about these topics. As with mood disorders there are a wide range of treatments used, from therapy to medication and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). All are covered in this book. As it is common for co-disorders to exist, especially alcoholism, anxiety and eating disorders, some of the stories include tales of people struggling with these issues as well as their mood disorder. That is, after all, true to life. Because peoples' experiences with mood disorders vary there is a chapter at the end explaining mood disorders and the terminology. This can be read before the stories in the book if a person feels they need to know the background information first. This means a person who knows nothing about mood disorders can pick up this book, read it, and finish with a good understanding of the subject. Comments from readers include: "I have never cried and laughed so much at stories in one book and to think they are all true is amazing. I was thankful for the factual chapter too, I learned a great deal. I wish I had had this book to read years ago when my own daughter fell ill, so that I could have appreciated just how serious a battle these people face - a battle that is not always won." ~ Sue Willcocks "Deeply moving and important tales. The bravery of these people to tell their tales in a world full of stigma against mental illness should be commended. Katy Sara should be proud for helping to give a voice to such people." ~ Peter O "I am so glad to know that I am not the only person who feels like this. This book empowers all people with bipolar disorder or depression. I hope it enlightens those people who laugh or don't take these illnesses seriously." ~ Liz Broughton. "Brilliant writing, packed with information and stories that you couldn't make up if you tried. Some so very sad - these illnesses are serious business." ~ Paul Michaels. About the Author Katy Sara Culling was born in Liverpool, North England, in January 1975, sharing her birth date rather aptly with Virginia Woolf. Daughter of Sue and Paul Culling, her family moved back to its roots in Derbyshire, where she grew up along with her younger sister Beth, in the village of Castle Donington, on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border. However, even as young as 5 she exhibited symptoms of bipolar disorder. She attended a private school for girls, Loughborough High School, where she was a high achieving student. Unfortunately, due to bullying and also to numb her mania and depression, she developed anorexia nervosa and began to self-harm. Katy Sara then went to The University of Nottingham, where she studied Biochemistry and Nutrition. She did her (1st class) thesis on alcohol and metabolism, interested in the psychology of Alcoholism. All this was done despite considerable illness including over 60 suicide attempts and purging-type anorexia - and yet more bullying. Her good work at Nottingham lead to an offer of a place at The University of Oxford, where she studied for a PhD (DPhil) in Clinical Medicine. In her final year she became so ill with bipolar disorder that she was in hospital (first as a day patient, then an inpatient, and eventually a sectioned inpatient). During that year and a half she attempted suicide over 300 times, dying twice, only to be revived. She finally, at the age of 28 got a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and the correct medication, and had been mostly fine ever since. She later wrote up her PhD thesis and published her results
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