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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 ›
As a society, our understanding of mental illness is still backward. I hope that Prof. Jones' story helps us all realize that mental illness should have no more stigma than suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, or acid reflux. It is a chronic condition that must be managed, but it doesn't mean anything about the character or integrity of the person.
This book transcends its strong case for an enlightened understanding of mental illness. For me, the book was powerful because the author claimed his authentic voice, owned his life, and was vulnerable to his audience. It inspired me to reclaim my own weirdness and struggles. We all carry secrets that we would rather hide from others and harbor fears that we are not good enough. This book is a stand for compassion and self-acceptance. When we see and work with people, we have no idea of what they are going through and what burdens they carry.
This book speaks to something at the core of us all. I highly recommend it.
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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
I have had experience with family members who suffer from non-medicated bipolar disorder, so I was very interested in reading James T. R. Read more
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I found this to be a most informative book. It is an autobiography that relates Mr. Read more
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 Dad of 2 avid reading boys