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Letters From A Bipolar Mother (Chronicles of A Fractured Life Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alyssa Reyans
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In "Letters From A Bipolar Mother", Alyssa Reyans tells the story she's never been able to tell her children: of how she lost them in a battle with her own mental illness. she shares with them - and the world - what the mind of a woman suffering bipolar depression looks like, how the darkness she battled on a daily basis almost won, and how, years later, she found the courage to claw her way out of the abyss.

Covering a span of five years, Alyssa Reyans shares both her pain and strength in a struggle against an incurable illness that many women today also share.

(novella length approx 86 book pages)


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About the Author

Alyssa Reyans is an American expat. Originally from the deep south, she converted to Islam in 1994 and moved overseas in 2005. She currently resides overseas with her husband and continues her daily battle with mental illness and the ghosts of her past. For updates on the series, Chronicles of a Fractured Life, follow Alyssa at her website http://www.alyssareyans.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615600689
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alyreyans Press (February 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075Z2S2G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Heidi
Format:Kindle Edition
I admit, I was hesitant to read this book because, well let's face it, reading books with weighty subject matter can often be difficult. I wasn't going to read this one, but then my inner psychologist was itching to take a peek. I ended up reading it in one sitting. This book is an emotional roller coaster. Alyssa takes you through the highs and lows of living with bipolar disorder. No, it isn't pleasant and it is hard to understand what a person suffering from depression goes through, but Alyssa manages to take your hand and lead you into the belly of the beast. Her life is full of heartbreak and tragedy. Starting at a young age when she was molested by her own father. At a time when abuse and depression were just beginning to come to light. Unfortunately, she lived through it when it was still okay to sweep it under the rug and ignore it. Consequently, Alyssa was forced to deal with the fall out of the abuse on top of battling an illness she didn't know she had. Two suicide attempts later and she is still reeling, trying to secure her footing. Then as a teenager she finds herself as the mother of two young children, trying to be a good mother while doing her best to keep her world from spiraling out of control. Little did she know that soon she would make the decision to leave her children with their father for a short time, never realizing it would be the last time she saw them. Now years later, Alyssa properly diagnosed, has finally comes to terms with her illness. She accepts responsibility for her actions and avoids placing blame on her mental illness. A truly courageous and remarkable step. She continually fights a daily battle, like anyone who suffers from depression can tell you, there are good days and bad. It is a constant struggle to keep the beast at bay. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too short October 18, 2012
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I thought this book was too short. I enjoyed reading it and seeing the troubles that she went through. I could not imagine what it would be like to not have anyone to notice that my behavior was so manic. And it is sad to know that she may never get in touch with her children again. Ending is happy tho!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrifying & compelling look April 1, 2012
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I opened the book an hour or two ago & just finished it. It was impossible put down. It was a terrifying & compelling look into the mind of a bipolar. It gave me an inkling of just how powerful the human mind can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A one-sitting read March 21, 2012
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I'm a mental health worker, and read Letters From a Bi-Polar Mother in one sitting. Mental Illness is difficult to understand - and the actions of a person in a manic state of bi-polar are absolutely incomprehensible, even to someone like myself, who has at least a clinical understanding of the disorder.

Reyans does a stellar job of explaining disassociation; how it started for her as a means to escape horrific abuse when she was a child, and how it continued to be how she copes with stress long into adulthood.

I found myself hoping the author's children read this book and someday seek to have a relationship with their mother. This is a book that offers no excuses, only explanation and apology.

"I am sorry you never knew how loved you were and how loved you are. The "I am sorries" are endless. If I wrote for all of eternity, I would never find their end."

This is short, but powerful book. I will be watching for more Chronicles of A Fractured Life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written June 1, 2013
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Very beautifully written. Sadly, it's a tale that all bipolar mothers can relate to. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting March 5, 2013
By justme
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This gave me a side of the disease that i hadn't considered. The side of this is a lonely side and very sad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read February 24, 2013
By Barb
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As someone with this disorder it helped me to understand it better and realize why I do some of the things I do
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found myself in this book. January 30, 2013
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I found myself throughout this book. As a Bi-Polar Senior Citizen I was able to connect with the highs and lows the Author wrote about. Before diagnosis I suffered terribly raising my children with a trigger temper. The guilt has left me after reading how the Author coped. Thanks for sharing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As advertised.
Published 2 days ago by George Stockman
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of boring
Says the same things repeatedly through the entire book. Not very interesting to me but may be to some. Not really detailed oriented on the feelings of bipolar.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Her life resembles mine when growing up,
My life was a living hell, my mothers boyfriends abused me, I only have smells of beer on his breath, taken away from her because she hated me for that reason, I was haunted at... Read more
Published 12 months ago by cecistar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
They did a great job getting the product to me and it was exactly what I wanted.
Everything I expected!
Published 14 months ago by Bobbi Weed
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time it takes to read!
Probably one of the worst books I have ever read. I want my 99 cents back. I have bipolar and take medication so I can be a good wife and mother. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars It was just okay
Luckily it was a short book. Heartwrenching that she couldn't be with her children but she figured they were better off without contact with her.
Published 15 months ago by Sandy K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Equally understood
I am so glad I chose this book as one of my new reads since I normally would choose mystery or romance novels as a first choice. This book enlightened me in so many ways. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michele C., Hampton Virginia
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
Its all about her & nothing about the kids. I was disappointed.Wanted to read about her interactions with her children but she abandoned them.
Published 17 months ago by overeater
4.0 out of 5 stars helps
Trying to learn about mental health with adults I work with and why they do what they do - it did answer some questions
Published 20 months ago by Patricia Martoccia
1.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar?
U can change your life with medication and therapy quit ignoring the problem and find some help you dummy now!
Published 20 months ago by Soverybabbs
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More About the Author

Alyssa Reyans is an American expat. Originally from the deep south, she converted to Islam in 1994 and moved overseas in 2005. She currently resides overseas with her husband and continues her daily battle with mental illness and the ghosts of her past.
For updates on the series, Chronicles of a Fractured Life, follow Alyssa at her website http://www.alyssareyans.com

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