- File Size: 528 KB
- Print Length: 150 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Digital Future Press (March 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BMMQ036
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery Kindle Edition
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Me and Him is written in Karen's usual open and honest way and I believe her personal story will be one many people will relate to and take comfort from.
Thanks for sharing, Karen. No doubt you will help many face their own demons and take their own healing pathway!
Karen has taken the plunge one more time to talk about her day to day life as person recovering and living with a Bipolar disorder. In her first book, "Me & Her", she chronicles herself and her bipolar self (when it is acting out during the bipolar stages).
In `Me & Him", the author continues to journal her journey of self-realization about what it was like from her family's, friend's and doctors' point of view. She brings their perspectives together so that she can really understand what they went through while helping her to start the journey to recovery.
It's not really recovery, I think, but the journey to managing the potential ups and downs and daily living with the disease known as Bipolar Disorder. The "Him" in the table is Karen's husband, Steve, who, has been by her side from the beginning. There is a climatic twist in the last half of this book that at first made me sad for Karen and her family. You have Karen with Bipolar and Steve with a form of depression that leaves him so lost at times that he can't really help Karen and then there are the children, even though they are independent young adults.
There was a point when I thought the book should have been titled, "Me & Him & Him", A Guide to Recovery by Karen Tyrrell. She focused quite a bit on her Husband's point of view who I finally understood a little bit more about his personal depression issues. Through sickness and in health Steve and Karen make a go with their lives and work through it no matter what. (Did I mention that their children were independent adults?) Rare indeed.
What I liked about the book: (1) Karen and her family for being brave enough to do this second book; (2) Karen let no holes covered. She give important and timeless tips, that, if it helps at least one person and that person is able to avoid experiencing some of the negative repercussions that are attached to have a Bipolar Disorder it was well worth the effort and the read. Bipolar Disorder is hard to understand, and it must have been extremely hard for Karen's family and friends, given what knowledge and education they had available and given the time span of Karen's stories 2005 until 2013. Some things change but some remain the same or get worst and we have to be bring awareness.
What I didn't like about the book: (1) it doesn't seem like Steve was coping well with Karen's drive and success to journaling, writing, publishing and publicity touring. Yes, Karen is obsessed but she is trying to have some form of quality of life. I understand his need to take care of her and watch over her and make sure she is okay and not overworking herself, but I felt Steve went to a low when he chose to list and tick off like a shopping list, her faults to her psychiatrist at their year check-up with the doc. Her husband could have worked out some of these peeves and not held it in to consume him and embarrass Karen when he chose to talk about them during the session. These are all things that couples go through and they should and could be worked out in private. This is light to most couples but for people with Bipolar, it is a very hard slap in the face to Karen, and a trigger back into mania. I was not very happy with Steve's insensitivity
A personal note to Karen and all who may have this adrenalin rush to continue to live each day at warped speed, "Every once in a while and I guess I want to say at least once a week take time to smell the roses, breathe a bit, sit in the sun and enjoy it , spend time with your family before they are grown or no longer here to spend with, take time to spend with your spouse because for better or for worse, there is always some give and some take in any relationship that is worthwhile. I wish there was a way I could help the highly intelligent people like you slow down sometime." Maybe add it to your daily regime and Tip #12 of Top Tips to Beat Depression and Improve Your Mood. (See Pages 134 and 135)
Karen thanks for all the references. These were more than helpful.
Yvonne DeBellotte, advocate; parent; and member of the Advisory Committee for Sean Costello Fund
Karen was under tremendous stress and trying to cope and overcome problems that were no fault of her own, but she didn't realized she was ill or had a mental illness because she felt so good. Plus she was on a mission to solve her huge problems. Apparently with bipolar disorder, the person may not know they are unwell. It takes a caring and loving relative to notice and intervene, which would be very hard for them. That's where Karen's husband came into this story. He's one brave and caring man in my opinion, and a wonderful husband and father. This book is the sequel to 'Me and Her, a Guide to Recovery', and I recommend that people read that one first. But as well as all the great inspirations stuff in these books, there's some laugh aloud moments because Karen Tyrrell is one funny lady, but that's my opinion of course and the way I saw her after reading her two books.
I highly recommend this series to sufferers of mental illness, their families, and also the public so that they may understand if their friends or workmates are in trouble and need help. After all, it could happen to anyone, or family members.