Many of you in the land of mental health advocacy have heard of David Susman, PhD. He write stellar blog, is very active on social media and very supportive of people who live with mental illness. He’s also a professor at the University of Kentucky. I ask him to review my book and much to my surprise he agreed. Here’s what Dr. Susman had to say:
“A First Hand Perspective on Living with Bipolar Disorder”
Amy Gamble’s account of her challenges with bipolar disorder is real, compelling, and moving. Just as the illness itself is characterized by the extreme euphoria of mania and the severe depths of depression, her narrative depicts her personal highs and lows as she struggles to understand and learn to manage this life-altering condition. From her competitive days as a collegiate and Olympic athlete, to her hospitalizations and even incarceration while in the throes of her illness, the reader gets a true sense of the battle she has fought and the slow process of ultimately reclaiming her life. As a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively with many people with serious mental illness, I was particularly impressed by her focus not only on her challenges, but also her description of her journey of recovery and the strategies that have helped her regain stability and a new-found purpose as a mental health advocate. Amy makes a powerful statement when she says “Lives can be saved with a simple message that says help is available and treatment works, and there is no shame in having a mental illness.” I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is personally affected by mental illness and for those who wish to gain a greater understanding of the effects of mental illness and the process of recovery.
“Bipolar Disorder, My Biggest Competitor” available NOW on Amazon.