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What Goes Up: Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One Paperback – May 5, 2005
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Eron provides an excellent list of spousal survival strategies, as well as a helpful bibliography. Recommended for all public libraries. -- Library Journal, May, 2005
Once I started, I could not put this book down. -- Xavier Amador, PhD. author, I AM NOT SICK;I DON'T NEED HELP
Readers who never experience such trials will find the story irresistible all the way to its bittersweet ending. -- Foreword, September, 2005
There's a moral here for individuals with bipolar disorder and their families; the book will be very useful for them. -- E. Fuller Torrey, MD
This is a love song written by a survivor of suicide, at times heart-breaking and frightening, yet brimming with life. -- Morton Silverman,MD SUICIDE AND LIFE-THREATENING BEHAVIOR
From the Publisher
Gravity is a fact, something that Judy Eron knows all too well. Her husband Jim had bipolar disorder and took his own life in 1997, after coming down from a full-blown manic episode that lasted a year. Judy turned her grief into action, writing WHAT GOES UP. . .Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One, a memoir cum self-help book, published by Barricade Books in June, 2005.
WHAT GOES UP addresses specifically the manic phase of bipolar disorder, a topic whose coverage pales in comparison to that of depression.
Judy tells her story of loving, living with, and losing Jim, and offers coping strategies for others with loved ones who suffer from this devastating illness - parents, children, siblings, even friends - advising them on what they should expect from someone in the midst of a manic episode, how to engage with that person, how to get help for that person, and how to maintain their own sanity and strength in the face of such unpredictable and intense behavior. In addition, Judy stresses the important of pre-planning when the individual is well.
This book is a caution to others that bipolar disorder is a cycling and potentially fatal illness, one not to be romanticized as several recent books and newspaper articles on the subject have done. Judy emphasizes that a person who is manic can be flying so high and be so persuasive that those around him or her can easily forget that the individual is bound for a fall and that depression and suicide are just waiting in the wings. Even Jim, a brilliant psychologist, and Judy, a social worker, were unprepared for Jims sudden spiral into mania.
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This book is the true story of everything going wrong with deadly results, and the lessons that the survivors took away from it. Everyone's situation is unique and the story is certainly not a how-to guide for families with a bipolar in their clan. I recommend this book as supplemental reading but not as the ONLY book you read about manic episodes.