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My Kind of Crazy: Living in a Bipolar World [Kindle Edition]

Janine Crowley Haynes
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Book Description

"The author lures us into her Bipolar world by injecting humor into the serious subject of mental illness. She acts as a tour guide and takes the reader on her manic journey and then steers us straight into the abyss of her depression." --Diane Urban, PhD, NYS Licensed Psychologist, Adjunct Professor at Manhattan College and Westchester Community College, SUNY

"MY KIND OF CRAZY is an important contribution which sheds light on the often hidden world of mental illness. The line between reality and psychosis is impossible to comprehend unless one has seen the world from both perspectives. The author unlocks the door to a locked psychiatric facility and allows the reader cross the threshold. The story is further enhanced by glimpses of her experience through the eyes of her husband and son." --William M. Dince, Phd, NYS Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist

Editorial Reviews


My Kind of Crazy was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Magazine 17th Annual International Self-Published Awards (Inspirational category).

The author's narrative style is perfect for her story: frank and detailed, yet intermingled with enough humor that the readers will smile along with her, even when she is about to undergo shock treatment.--Judge No. 35, Writers Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards

[There are] some surprises and moments that will stay with the reader for a long time to come.... --HarperCollins/HarperTrue Review

A trip through the author's mental illness told in a heartwarming, self-deprecating style....Eminently readable and worthy of attention”--Kirkus Discoveries

What shines through this whole story is the author's honesty....I learned a lot from My Kind of Crazy and think you will too.-- John Linsenmeyer, The Greewich Time

I was left with the feeling that she wrote the book and just put it out there for whomever it might help. My Kind of Crazy is sure to touch and entertain you.--Michael Kohn, Inside Chappaqua Magazine

About the Author

My Kind of Crazy was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards in the Inspirational category.

I am an expert on being crazy. In fact, I have over thirteen years of personal experience. The medical term for my kind of crazy is known as Bipolar Disorder aka Manic-Depressive Illness. My experience on being crazy includes a series of psychotic breakdowns, severe bipolar mood swings, lengthy lists of medication regimens, countless therapy sessions, routine psychiatric hospital stays, a suicide attempt, and electroshock treatment.

Although my case is more severe than most, I am not alone. I am only one of 5.7 million adult Americans who suffer from a mental illness in a given year.  This is a staggering statistic, and yet the stigma attached to mental illness persists. Those diagnosed with a mental illness suffer in silence due to the shame associated with it. There are many books that approach the subject from a clinical and/or psychoanalytical perspective. My book, however, focuses on the human experience of living with a mental illness. Being bipolar brings with it the very highs and lows of emotion, and my story is written in the same way. The journey on which I take the reader is not a depressing one. There is much humor to be found and many lessons to be learned after one is diagnosed as crazy. I bring the reader with me on the emotional rollercoaster that is my life.     

With my story, I hope to dismantle the shame and isolation that one with a similar illness might experience.  In fact, I believe one must embrace his or her inner-craziness in order to heal, evolve, and move forward to help change the societal perception of mental illness. Not unlike diabetes, mental illness should be understood on a biochemical level, not be viewed as a character flaw. When the brain gets sick, it exhibits symptoms that need to be addressed and managed just like any other illness.

The author, Janine Crowley Haynes, is a forty-three-year-old wife, mother, and self-acknowledged crazy person living in a bipolar world.

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  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge (February 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FTYXK
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of Crazy March 24, 2009
I found this book very informative and moving. I have a daughter living and suffering with a bipolar disorder and see a lot of similarities. She also is writing a book about her life and struggle with this desease. And her experiences are not pretty at times. Hopefully she will have the courage to have it published for other people to see how important it is to get out into the open the stigma associated with mental illness.
Hanne in Tennessee
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving journey inspires Hope May 21, 2009
A roller-coaster ride of emotion, only in this way can one truly feel the sensation of being "crazy". This tale of living through and evolving via bipolar disorder brings the reader full circle. Like it or not, we are all emotionally and mentally challenged, perhaps this how the human experience plays out. I was inspired by her courage to boldly go where she had not gone before, ECT. Understanding on a deep level, we all hit the bottom and only then are willing to try something that is outside our typical level of bravery. Humans we all are, unique and genius in our own way. From this story I was infused with the power of love, humor and the spirit's unwavering desire to continue on. Bravo and much gratitude for sharing your story and remaining here to tell it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's Kind of Crazy July 19, 2009
Janine Crowley Haynes has written a book that I wish I had 30 years ago when a family member was diagnosed as bi-polar (then called manic-depressive.) It's an informative and interesting book but also told with a sense of humor and a light touch. We're all a little crazy in our own way and Janine lets us know it's ok. Not only does she accept who she is but she honors it and I honor her too. It's a quick and amazing read, I read the whole book in one night and spent the next night reading it again. Congratulations to the author, a person I admire and adore without hesitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L.Gustafson May 26, 2009
BRAVO to the Author for her courage in letting us inside of her most intimate thoughts and details of her life and illness. Her endearing sense of humor allows the reader to navigate through the "tremendous highs and excrutiating lows" of living with Bipolar Disorder. It captivated me and I highly recommend it. A very worthwhile read!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome read April 22, 2009
This book was awesome. Parts were very funny and parts were very sad.It made me laugh out loud and cry. I got chills reading it!! I could not put it down. I got it in the mail and before I knew it the pages kept turning until it was done.highly recommend it. I will read it again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative April 27, 2009
This book affected me in so many ways, emotionally. It made me smile and cry at the same time and I felt tenderness and empathy for the writer and her family. It was a fascinating way to learn about this illness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Fasciglione May 19, 2009
This book is an inspiration to any who suffers or think they may suffer from a form of bipolar dissorder. Once you pick it up you can't put it down. It shares the ups and downs of one amazing person who suffers with it. At times you laugh. At times you cry. At other times you get the chills. It is a MUST READ!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read March 7, 2013
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I am blown away. This book opened my eyes. Like Janine I am a turtle....she brings you into her world, ad takes you for a ride and then she puts you down safely with understanding. I am ordering this book for two of my friends to pass on like the old woman and the purple bracelet. Thank you Janine Crowley Haynes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars From one who suffers as she does.
She does a great job bringing bipolar to life-showing the thought process the pain, the crazy, the hope, and the joy. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Slh
5.0 out of 5 stars First Person Experience
This is a memoir written by the author based on her experience of being treated for bipolar illness after a suicide attempt. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Avid Bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful wonderful book
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. Lorna Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved
Great voice. I could relate and understand a lot of what she went through. I'm glad she decided to share her story
Published 11 days ago by Julie Costanten
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Info on Bipolar Disorder
Good read on bipolar disorder. Love the cover illustration. Worth reading if you have an interest in bipolar disorder
Published 23 days ago by Patrice Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and informative!
Humorous look into one girl's trip to the psych ward. Overall, a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Tara Naramore
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I found this to be Very real based on my dealings with the illness
It is Short and direct to keep our attention
As well, authors approach is Genuine
Published 1 month ago by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ !
I purchased this particular book for my abnormal psychology class as I had to choose a disorder and write a case study on it, the book also had to be a true story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by buddy 01
5.0 out of 5 stars Bipolar Explained
This book will be extremely helpful for anyone and their family going thru mental illness.Explains bipolar disorder from a first hand account.An excellent read.
Published 2 months ago by Rusti Yankowsky
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what the title leads you to believe the book is about
This is basically just a book on what it's like to be hospitalized. It doesn't really touch on the illness or even explain to the reader what living with bipolar is really like. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Amato
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More About the Author

My book was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards in the Inspirational category.

I have a story to tell. We all do. Mine is a bit on the crazy side. You see, I am bipolar. I've come out of the crazy closet in order to help others suffering in silence. There is hope and help out there. After a suicide attempt, I am privileged to have a second chance on life and share my personal triumph over bipolar disorder. My mental illness no longer defines me--I define it.

Since my suicide attempt, I have not had an episode in over five years. I now volunteer some time in the same psychiatric hospital where I was a patient many times over. I am also a guest speaker for mental health organizations such as the DBSA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance). I've helped raise awareness and money for NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and for Silver Hill Hospital's Scholarship Fund. In addition, psychology professors are incorporating my book into their lesson plans. I share my personal account of living with mental illness in order to move the student from studying mental illness in the clinical sense to understanding it on a more compassionate level.

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