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A Hidden Madness Paperback – December 29, 2011
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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The writing seems dry, very bla. I enjoy the truthness, but it is not as riveting as Elyn Saks story.Published on November 26, 2013 by Lisa S.
Great insight into the world of living with mental illness. Whether you live with a disorder of this sort or know someone who is this book gives you valuable information.Published on February 10, 2013 by CarolyninDallas
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I found this to be a most informative book. It is an autobiography that relates Mr. Read more
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. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by The Barb Knows Best
A Hidden Madness is an eye-opening work. It is all too easy to dismiss or ignore the plight of the mentally ill if it does not directly affect you. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Peter Scott Campbell
"A Hidden Madness" is the moving story of my colleague, Jim, who has succeeded in life and work despite the stigma of mental illness. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by labor law professor