Another beautifully written book review!

MePlease visit Brandy’s new blog Live Mentally Well. It’s another excellent blog and here’s an excerpt from her About page:

Welcome to Live Mentally Well. I’m Brandy. Like you, I struggle every day to get well and stay well, go to work, and take care of my family. I developed Dissociative Disorder as a young child. Like PTSD, Dissociative Disorder is a result of some form of trauma which for me was child abuse. Later in childhood, I developed Social Anxiety and finally Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Just when I thought I was out of the woods I was hit with a new diagnosis.  I developed Postpartum Bipolar Disorder which later became Bipolar I Disorder. So 15 years ago I desperately began seeking mental wellness. I have been in recovery now for many years. Recovery means something different for many people. For me, it means making a commitment to mental wellness, learning about my mental illnesses, close monitoring, working with the mental health professionals, and using coping skills and tools to compensate for symptoms and medication side effects. 

From my thrill-a-minute life, I want to bring you the knowledge of a former mental health nurse and the real life experience of a mental health consumer. I have been actively speaking out for years about mental health stigma by openly sharing my mental illness throughout life. I want to be a voice for all the mental health consumers out there that aren’t able to speak out.

I hope you enjoy reading Live Mentally Well. The areas I am focusing on are, Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression, Navigating Mental Health, Trauma, and Ramblings in Recovery. Ramblings  in Recovery is an update of whatever I’m thinking about or dealing with.I hope you will share your stories with me as well. I look forward to hearing them. Leave questions, comments, and prayer requests down below. Suggestions for new posts are welcome as well.

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I’m extremely grateful to receive two amazing reviews in one week from Samantha (My Bipolar Mind) and Brandy, who also had a father with bipolar disorder. Once again, thank you Brandy!!!!

https://livementallywell.com/categories/book-review-birth-of-a-new-brain

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Dyane Harwood, Author of Birth of a New Brain, Q&A Session

Here’s the Q & A section of Samantha’s “My Bipolar Mind” blog – she created great questions for me to answer!

My Bipolar Mind

Dyane Harwood, Author of Birth of a New Brain, Q&A Session


Today, I would like you to give a warm welcome to a special guest – and new dear friend of mine, Author Dyane Harwood. Dyane took a timeout to participate in a fun Q&A session with us for her book Birth of a New Brain–Healing From Postpartum Bipolar Disorder. If you haven’t had the chance to check out my review of her book, you can do so by Clicking Here. I hope you enjoy reading Dyane’s answers as much as I enjoyed asking her the following questions.


Dyane and her lovely family!

1. What inspired you to write Birth of a New Brain—Healing from Postpartum
Bipolar Disorder
?

I’ve been a voracious reader ever since I was
a child. Books have always served as my teachers. After my postpartum bipolar
disorder was activated (which was similar to…

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Book Review & Thoughts On Birth of a New Brain by Dyane Harwood

Thanks to Samantha Steiner, blogger & soon-to-be author of “My Bipolar Mind” for this wonderful Q & A and book review!

My Bipolar Mind

Book Review & Thoughts On Birth of a New Brain by Dyane Harwood


Birth of a New Brain by Dyane Harwood follows her harrowing journey of living with mental illness – something she thought would never happen to her. But, honestly, who does? Dyane takes you on an amazing adventure as she shares her whole life with her readers. She walks you through her less than perfect childhood. You are right there with her as she discusses what it was like to grow up with a father who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Dyane vividly explains her first brush with hypomania, well before she ever received her diagnoses. She entails her many heartbreaks before finding the love of her life, her husband Craig. After they got married, Dyane finds out that she is pregnant and the birth of her first daughter, Avonlea, goes off without a hitch.

Fast forward to the…

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Book Review: Dyane Hardwood’s Birth of a New Brain

I’m still on blogging hiatus BUT I could not resist sharing this wonderful review by fellow author/blogger extraordinaire Cassandra Stout.

Her blog is one of THE best blogs about bipolar disorder & even if you’re not a parent. And she’ll have a book of her own coming out which I can’t wait to read! So pease go take a look at her blog & follow it. Cass is also on Twitter.

Sending everyone lots of love & have a great weekend!!!

Xo, Dyane

The Bipolar Parent

birth of a new brainDyane Harwood’s brilliant memoir, Birth of a New Brain.

Dyane Hardwood’s brilliant breakout memoir, Birth of a New Brain, chronicles her heartbreaking struggle for stability after the onset of postpartum bipolar disorder. Dyane’s battle to reestablish her mental health from the ravages of mania and the pits of depression is recorded in a gripping account with an almost-journalistic flair.

An often overlooked and misunderstood perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), postpartum bipolar disorder is listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as part of the bipolar spectrum. In Dyane’s case, she suffers from a severe form of “treatment-resistant” bipolar I disorder, which spirals high into manic episodes and deep down into soul-sucking depressions.

Dyane deserves all of the praise her novel has received from various sources. It’s a fascinating account with a structure unique to memoir: Dyane takes us from…

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