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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: James T.R. Jones (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615571549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615571546
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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having experience with bipolar disorder i cannot but help to feel that the authors writting about his depressions and manias is just flat. he fails to adequately descibe what such episodes really feel like. he is guilty of great generalizations about the disease and those that suffer from it. many of the symptoms he descibes are not familiar to other bipolar individuals. also his descriptions of not being popular or of not getting along with others could and probably should be linked to personality disorders possessed by the author and not by the majority of the bipolar population. his comments and stgymtization are correct however. someone im a professional field as i am risks much by diclosing. jones was brave to do so but it should also be noted that he did so only after tenure when he was basically immune from dismissal. most are not so lucky. it should also be noted that jones had all the benifits of the best schools paid for by his parents. the best insurance. the best hospitals. the best of everything. most are not so lucky. so while this book should be read with admiration it should in no way be thought of as the typical bipolar story.
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This is the third book I've read on the struggle of a person with mental illness. It is amazing that he could accomplish all he did with such a deficit, hidden from even his co-workers. He inspires others who also have some degree of illness to keep on trying to accomplish the dream of a good living and a career.
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James T.R. Jones has taken that step that hopefully will provide an example of courage for many. Born into a situation of having a bipolar disorder that was not diagnosed until much later in his life, he endure the isolation of being `different' form his peers, a condition that encouraged him to achieve academically - he not only made it through grade school and highschool but went on to earn an undergraduate degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and a law degree with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal and graduated second in his class. After years of psychotherapy and medication that more or less allowed him to live as `normal' a life as one who is essentially broken, Jones elected to end his secrecy and to come out as a man afflicted with bipolar disorder, a statement made in law journals that he knew just may end his career as a lawyer. In 2008 he ended twenty-two years of secrecy about his disease at the Brandeis School of Law and twenty-eight years overall when he wrote the article "Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor" that was published in the leading peer-reviewed journal in legal education.

All of this is history. What Jones brings to this compelling book is the personal response he felt throughout his years as a secret bipolar personality. The pain, the humiliation, the embarrassment, the constant treat of `losing it' among his acquaintances - all of this he is able to relate with a surprising amount of well-rounded perspective. There are passages in A HIDDEN MADNESS where Jones explains his manic episodes in the classroom as a teacher that would make a fine cinematic comedy!
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I found this book inspiring and engrossing. It is an easy, enjoyable read, and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. That is quite a compliment from me because I seldom visually read extra books. My job requires a lot of heavy duty reading, so when I have free time, I usually "read" via unabridged audio books as I walk my dogs or work in my yard. I knew Professor Jones from law school and always found him to be kind and respectful. I had no idea of his struggles, for by all outward appearances, he was fine. The story held my interest, not just because I knew the main character, but because the book made me care about this person and want to see what happened to him. I found myself profoundly touched and reflecting differently on my own life's journey.

As a society, our understanding of mental illness is still backward. I hope that Prof. Jones' story helps us all realize that mental illness should have no more stigma than suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, or acid reflux. It is a chronic condition that must be managed, but it doesn't mean anything about the character or integrity of the person.

This book transcends its strong case for an enlightened understanding of mental illness. For me, the book was powerful because the author claimed his authentic voice, owned his life, and was vulnerable to his audience. It inspired me to reclaim my own weirdness and struggles. We all carry secrets that we would rather hide from others and harbor fears that we are not good enough. This book is a stand for compassion and self-acceptance. When we see and work with people, we have no idea of what they are going through and what burdens they carry.

This book speaks to something at the core of us all. I highly recommend it.
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Those of us who do not have to cope with the pain and frustration of mental illness gain valuable insight into their world through the reading of Prof Jones book. Well written, this story shows the great determination of a man suffering from the fear of stigma and very real physical and mental issues. His journey becomes ours, his emotions, our emotions and his pain, our pain. We can all learn from his experience and learn to look at those with mental illness in an improved way. Thank you, Jim.
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