My Mother's BiPolar, So What Am I?
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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
where's the beef? May 23, 2009
i thought this book was an ok start for someone who has not had the opportunity to reflect on how their feelings are a direct result of dealing with a parent of manic depression. however, i was dissappointed that the author did not get into more depth about how she specifically achieved her newfound ability to cope with her mother's illness, especially since she endured abuse. she goes from one extreme to the other-from abuse to a great understanding and acceptance of her mother. this does not seem very realistic to me. what happened in between? how did she get there? that's the meat that could be very helpful. i think that for most people, the illness gets worse with time and it becomes increasingly challenging to deal with the family member. it takes great inner stength and endurance to deal with it especially if you are the only person around to help out.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Outstanding! Mar 31, 2006
By Happy Girl
This is a wonderful book! Having grown up with a bi-polar mother and not knowing much about this disease, i found the book to be such a relief. Knowing that others have grown up with the same, and sometimes worse, circumstances through no fault of their own comforts me. The stories are as interesting as they are well-written. I will surely recommend this book to everyone i know!!
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Losing the Stigma Mar 31, 2006
By Yvonne Perry
TV and movie media has misrepresented what a bipolar person is really like. This "monster" they have created is not the typical behavior of a person with bipolar-especially if the person is taking their medication. After reading Grett's book, you will feel much better about admitting that you are bipolar or have a bipolar family member. You will also have up-to-date information about bipolar research and practical help for family members who deal with a bipolar loved one. Angela's book shows understanding and compassion as she reveals her own story about her mother. Be sure to visit Angela's website at [...]
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Interesting Feb 18, 2008
This is probably the 1st book I have read hoping to find something I could relate to. I have to admit, it seems as though every case is drastically different--someone might consider my life to be horrific--yet it comes no where close to some of the examples provided within this book--it seems their cases might be excessive or extreme compared to mine so I found it harder to relate to. There are some similarities but not too many--a few line items here and there where I was like 'yup--that's me' but not too many of those. It would have been nice to see a broader range of real-life interviews/examples then the few used. Overall this book left me desiring more. Not the worse book by any means but worth a read through.
My Mother's Bipolar, so who am I? Apr 09, 2012
I believe this book had a profound healing effects on me because of some unsettled feelings I had concerning my folks who suffer from the affliction of Bipolar disorder. After reading the accounts of others who have faced the very same issue I had as a child, I was indeed enlightened to the point where I grieved the losses and pains of childhood. The guilt one feels of "not knowing" what happened then is a sure way of staying stuck in the future, I think. Furthermore, I spoke to a trusted priest about what I had learned and how my memories were cloudly relating to what happen in childhood; but this book led to a certain revelation of the inner pain of my past, and that all led to a confession of how I had been trying to subconsciously blaming my parents by my inability to pursue good healthly relationships(support groups/people) in life. Who would of thought I hated myself because I tried to blame others for the pain of my childhood, and that I would constantly pick friends who, in one way or another, treated me like my parents did as a child--no wonder I stop looking for good, wholesome relationships! I thank God for the witness Ms. Garret is (a child of Bipolar parent), and her courage to write such a book. I think if we all write down our own experiences, we would find hope in taking that step to rediscover a new journey in life.
I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a practical awarness of Bipolar disorder. Also, I can say that it was very liberating to understand what we are facing regarding the disorder; for if we don't know what's killing us emotionally and mentally, how are we to bring peace to our hearts and minds, right!?
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