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Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D Paperback – June 18, 2003
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I did enjoy this book much more than any other books written by people with bipolar disorder. I agree with Lizzy that people with a true diagnosis of bipolar disorder can only be treated with medication (although the mentally ill in America are seriously misdiagnosed and overmedicated at an alarming rate.) I can also appreciate that other than a poor choice of boyfriend, (Lizzy chose a drug-addicted, untreated bipolar to have a romance with) she does appear to be proactive about her illness, rather than letting it rule her or using it as an excuse for poor choices.
The inspiration came from an advertisement for integrated people with mental illnesses into the workplace, which definitely had a profound effect on Lizzie, because it dispelled the myth that there has to be a huge social stigma attached to having mental illness. However, when she read a "critique" in a local newspaper which discounted the ad and everyone living with any kind of mental illness (with a good dose of insensitivity and mean-spiritedness), it served as a catalyst for the road trip documented in the book. It's definitely inspiring to read how the author actually attempted to correct the negative effect of something that offended and upset her, which is something most of us do not have the courage to do.
Additionally, reading the personal stories of the young people who happen to be bipolar is moving, especially reading about how utterly depressed and sometimes even suicidal some of these kids were. That really demonstrates how powerful the genetic component of this illness is and it's truly sad how long it took many of them to be properly diagnosed.Read more ›
"I kept receiving signs telling me I had other work to do. It was as if success had made a lot of noise in my head go away about being successful. I wasn't screeching at myself to make more and more. I wasn't basking in the public attention I was receiving or gloating through the streets of Tribecca. No, all of a sudden, it seemed things go really quiet in my head. I longed for a new direction, a new devotion. And then the signs emerged. The detour, my detour, lay ahead," she writes in Detour.
Then, she saw the sign. As she rode the subway back to her Brooklyn apartment, she saw a sign with a woman in a business suit. In big lettering over the woman it read, "For Mentally Illness, Treatment is Working". A few days later in the NYPress' "Best Of" section a commentary was written calling the ad "Best Scary Subway" ad of the year. The stigmatization and prejudice shown on behalf of the Press' editors moved her to write and send an editorial.Read more ›
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Lizzie opened up and shared intimate experiences of her life and of living with bipolar disorder - Bipolar 1 Disorder, the most serious form of the illness. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Molly
I have bipolar and this spoke to me. One of the best books about the topic written. Very very accuratePublished 14 months ago by wang chung
I am a psychiatrist whose patient told me I didn't understand. She referred me to Ms. Simon's book. I learned a lot about the nuances of thought and feeling that Ms. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Roy S. Lowenstein
I feel that Lizzie Simon was too young when she wrote this book to truly understand how harsh bipolar disorder is for most people. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dix88
There is hope for bipolar teenagers and help for understaning their problems and how to deal with them. Written by one who knows.Published on August 27, 2013 by marion simon
This book is a good read for anyone wanting to learn more about what it's like to live with bipolar disorder. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
In addition to being poorly written, this story of Lizzie Simon's search for successful young bipolar people is surprisingly lacking in compassion for the less fortunate. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Susanna