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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: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Baker on January 24, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Paperback Pursuer on November 2, 2012
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I have had experience with family members who suffer from non-medicated bipolar disorder, so I was very interested in reading James T. R. Jones' first-hand account of living with the day-to-day manic/depressive fluctuations of a bipolar individual. This informative and highly personal account of the author's struggle with the disorder throughout his home and career life left me inspired and full of hope. Even though he was constantly berated by bipolar periods of mania and depression, he never let go of his ambitions or let people treat him differently. Mental/Personality disorders have long carried a stigma for the affected individual, but society is slowly starting to realize that the chronic nature of the illness can be managed like other treatable diseases - diabetes, blood pressure, ADHD, etc... Those affected are not to blame/ judge because of their mental state; as a matter of fact, if the public was more knowledgeable about the disease, then those affected may not have such a difficult time seeking treatment and finding support. James' story proves that support from family, friends and medial professionals is one of the keys to treating/recovering from mental illness. He kept his bipolar disorder and mood swings a secret from friends and coworkers, fearing their reaction(s), but if people did not negatively stereotype the disease, he may have been able to be honest with everyone from the beginning. The memoir is very emotional; his courage and drive are evident on every page. Readers will gain a lot by reading this book, most importantly, the facts about the disease, the misconceptions, and the acceptance of those affected. Even though James' situation is not the most typical case of bipolar disorder, his journey is well-written and highly effective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane L. Johnson on August 16, 2012
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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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