Book: Moving to Oregon - A Bipolar Journey by James Townsendcategories: Book, Mental Health, Family, Alcoholism, Young Adult, Hope, Bipolar Illness
James Townsendabout this book: The book is about a young man in crisis. His life is torn apart by bipolar illness, and he must endure great hardship to get to the next stage in his life. The story is also a reflection on growing up the child of an alcoholic, and the family drama in the plot bears that out. Ultimately, strong sibling bonds and the persistence of hope carried him through. I learned from writing this book that parents were never meant to be perfect and that siblings must always be there for each other. However, only hope can get you from day to day living with bipolar disorder. I want the book to serve as a type of advocacy for other sufferers out there. I want people to feel stronger knowing that my characters have gone through so much and survived, and they can too. This book started as a short story just about my manic episode and evolved into a novella over about a year and a half. I would hope that patients and mental health professionals would find my book useful as well as the general public.
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