By Rahla Xenopoulos
In 1992, Rahla Xenopoulos used to be clinically determined with bipolar affliction. regardless of the devastating analysis, she sought schooling on her disease. even though she stumbled on an abundance of literature on a number of psychological health problems, none of it appeared acceptable to her. this example encouraged her to write down a publication chronicling her ongoing efforts to come back to phrases with a illness that's, in impact, a existence sentence. The ebook recounts her upbringing in an eccentric, loving Jewish kin, her fight with bulimia, anorexia and self-mutilation, her makes an attempt at suicide, discovering real love and, eventually, the 'crazy, totally unpredictable event of giving delivery to triplets'. this can be neither a self-help e-book nor a medical advisor. interpreting this ebook won't therapy someone; bipolar illness is a protracted affliction. however it did support Rahla – because it will numerous others – 'to comprehend the rhythm within the cacophony of this condition'.
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Extra info for A Memoir of Love and Madness. Living with Bipolar Disorder
Then, at the ripe old age of twenty-eight, after the fun and games of another manic episode, I finally agreed to see a highly thought-of doctor to get a professional opinion on my state of mind. I felt there was nothing he could tell me that I didn’t already know. Here I was, I told myself, serenely enlightened and conscientisised. All my life I’d been prodded and studied, analysed and paralysed. I’d been a hyperactive child, dyslexic, remedial, anorexic, bulimic. I’d been a rebel and a late bloomer.
Under hypnosis on a velvet chaise longue, I’m sure I’d find layers of the usual dysfunctional stuff in my family’s dynamics. It must have been unbalanced; the baby sister with so many needs must have drained some of the resources both financially and emotionally. No family sails through altogether untroubled waters, and a family with chemical disorders inevitably goes through tempests. I suspect Jonty struggled to understand why I constantly needed lifts from therapists to doctors to remedial teachers, none of whom succeeded in pacifying me.
I suppose I was about five years old when I first became aware of him. In front of the dining room was a patio with a makeshift ‘roof’ of wooden lattice. That day, the sun shone and the trellis was over-hung with wisteria, wafting lilac colours and fragrance over my curly head. I don’t remember having any toys in front of me; I was playing with Tania, my ever-present imaginary friend. At the time my family had an unkempt dog named Bundle, who rather resembled a bear. He would leap up onto the lattice above the patio and sprawl there while we ate alfresco below.
A Memoir of Love and Madness. Living with Bipolar Disorder by Rahla Xenopoulos