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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The Cairn (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954809203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954809201
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A unique ability to convey both her feelings but an impartial view. An ability setting her and her writing apart -- Doug Huskey, NAMI

Refreshingly, her emphasis is on hope - 'the light' that she aspires to rather than the self-destruction caused by illness. -- The List

Refreshingly, her emphasis is on the hope, 'the light' she aspires to rather than the self-destruction caused by her illness. -- The List, August 2003

The book is worth its weight in gold. -- Muriel Gray, Writer and Broadcaster, Well Magazine, 2004

The emerging voice for the one in four affected by mental illness delivers a positive message. -- The Advertiser, September 2004

Young author's autobiography is critically acclaimed by both leading mental health organisations and service-users alike. -- Herald

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Two Women - One Journey of Recovery - Two Perspectives.

With 'The Naked Bird Watcher' by Suzy Johnston along with that of her mother's account of the same experience in 'To Walk on Eggshells' by Jean Johnston (ISBN 0954809211), there is now an unusual and rare insight into mental illness - the combined insight from both the patient and her carer.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Ellis on October 21, 2004
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Suzy's book, "The Naked Bird Watcher", is an autobiographical account of her struggle with bipolar disorder. It is very well-written and speaks to bipolar and non-bipolar folk alike. What I liked best about the book is that Suzy documents what worked for her and what didn't, something that is important for all mentally ill folks to pay attention to and to work on in our own lives. Suzy's positive approach and hopeful message make this book a must-read.

The new 2004 Cairn edition is revised and contains a great deal of new information about Suzy's recent work in the Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy fields.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2003
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I am a psychiatric nurse and have read many books written by service-users about depression but I've never read one that was not depressing. This one is't - what a super book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reviews from the UK on April 2, 2005
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Two Women - One Journey of Recovery - Two Perspectives.

From both the patient and her carer there is now rare and unusual insight into mental illness - with both books documenting the journey of recovery. Emotive, yet practical, these books should be read by all affected by mental illness and working within its profession.
Professor Angus Mackay, Scotland.
Claire Letham, Psychiatric Nurse, Scotland

The Naked Bird Watcher by Suzy Johnston, ISBN 0954809203
To Walk on Eggshells by Jean Johnston, ISBN 0954809211
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2003
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An articulate and powerful account, this book gives a vivid account of the pain that is mental illness - she hits the nail on the head in the way she describes it. Make no mistake, the writer has been obviously acutely ill but has managed to regain her health and most importantly, moved forward so that with good support and self-management, a condition such as her manic depression need only be a part her life. It is this positive message which sets this book apart along with her stigma-blowing attitude. All this, and humour, too - some read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
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I will never again say to anyone 'pull yourself together'. The writer explains so clearly what mental illness is like that you can almost feel it. I laughed at the humour and I cried at the pain. But the fact that she gets better and is well with only odd periods of illness is a lesson for us who do not understand how manic depression operates. She challenges stigma and mental illness in an unusual way and has made me rethink and re-evaluate.
This is a really good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Newman on December 31, 2006
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Suzy's autobiography is well-written, engaging, and very readable. She records her struggle with depression and its treatment as a young person. I found it easy to identify with her experience of depression. I recommend this book for anyone currently engaged in the struggle -- it will offer insight, give assurance that they are not alone, and encourage the hope that if Suzy got through so can they.
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