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About the Author

About the Author Joseph DeBlasi has a degree in economics from Rutgers University and has worked as a business and systems analyst for the Dreyfus Corp and AIG. He is a supporter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Joe currently lives on Long Island, New York, and is a full-time stay-at-home dad.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: GDar Press (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615895654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615895659
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean Mahoney on November 14, 2013
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At first, I was a little skeptical when picking up this book about manic depression. I wasn't sure how the author was going to paint a picture for the reader of what exactly the mental illness entails.
I was thoroughly impressed with this book. It is an amazing insight into the life of a manic. Some parts of the book were disturbing to read, mostly the incestuous relationship with his step mother and his father's crude sense of humor. It's disappointing to read that his father would choose a woman over his own son, but some people like to bury their heads in the sand and take their denial to the extreme. I have highly recommended this book to my friends, family and to my close friend whose brother has bipolar disorder and believes no one understands what he is going through.
Joseph DeBlasi, you are a brave man for sharing your story with the world. I hope people can read your book with open minds and understanding hearts, instead of biased point of views and judgmental prejudices of mental disorders.

~Kayla Mahoney~
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 20, 2013
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I could not put down this book until the last page was read! It is a brutally honest look into the bipolar mental illness of the author. Hopefully, it will be used in university classrooms to help psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and effected families to really understand the depth of this illness and the good news of the possibilities of recovery.

How ironic that the author's own father is a medical doctor. It reminds me of the adage: "Physician, Heal Thyself!"
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Arlene Trolman on October 20, 2013
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This book epitomizes what I teach my students and the issues I have had with some of my patients in my private practice.

I feel this book may help to enlighten those in the general public who have been fortunate enough to have never experienced this trauma.

This book is a heartfelt expose on living with mental illness and specifically the origin of bipolar disorder for this young man who has emerged to lead life as loving husband and father.

It is hard to ever empathize the type of illness and trauma this young man was subjected to, both of which this book exposes magnificently.

It is a timely issue as Mental Illness is in the forefront of society at the present time.

I applaud this man's courage in revealing the intimate details of his tortured life.

Dr. Arlene Trolman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Perrella on February 22, 2014
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The book was exciting, fast reading, very well written. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and couldn't put it down. It really shows how bipolar illness affects the whole family and also how fragile children are. Everything you do as a parent can affect your child's whole life. A definite must read.
Thank you Joe for sharing your hard life with all of us. I'm sure it will help families understand and deal with bipolar and other mental illnesses,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ron on March 6, 2014
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I grew up very closely with Joe and Kevin and I barely knew anything. It's a quick read that will continually drop your jaw. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Franco B. on March 1, 2014
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If your looking for a true understanding of manic depression - this is it!! Joe takes you on a roller coaster ride through the disorder.
The book is fast reading and hard to put down, you begin to embrace Joe and Kevin from the very first pages.
Joe's courage in sharing his story is a testament to his lifelong fight with mental illness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Forkey on January 7, 2014
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I read the entire book in one day... I just couldn't put it down! It was insightful and very well told. It's seems unreal that this is a true story.... EXCELLENT book... Kuddos to the author for being brave enough to share his story with the world! (Dr. and Rita Deblasi should be locked up...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By merri on January 13, 2014
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This book should be used in clinical practice. It is an easy embracing read . As a medical practitioner in excess of 30 yrs. I found the depiction of Joe’s mental illness spot on . I hope that this book will bring on dialogue about the molestation and possibly, induced mental illness issue . I only wonder if Joe would have had this issue or if it would have been as severe and intense if the molestation didn’t occur in the first place. Its haunting to know Joe's own father turned his back on his son when medicine knows all to well children do not lie about such an incestuous relationship. As I read in another review of a poster I can only think of the Hippocratic oath “ Do no Harm “ really?? I will suggest this book to my book club and friends and colleagues.
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