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Bipolar True and Factual

I was born under the sign of Pisces, on the fifth of March to be exact, in the Bronx, New York. At this moment in time, as I pen the story of my life as a manic-depressive and borderline personality disorder patient, as the illnesses are defined by the psychiatric community, I have recently celebrated my seventieth year of life.

There were early warning signs when my problems emerged and have continued to haunt me throughout my entire existence. However, it was to be much later on in my life that I was finally capable of surviving my illnesses and learned how to cope with and endure my roller coaster ride that are manic-depressive illnesses. Survival is what a bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder patient must learn to deal with and to accept or the obverse circumstances will be horrific.

It was not until my fifty-fourth year when several psychiatrists put a name to my mysterious maladies. It was only after I had myself admitted to a psychiatric unit o...

 

 
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What is Bipolar True and Factual?

  • This center contains installments of a serialized memoir on the topic of living with Bipolar Disorder.
  • Daniel Michael Parks, the author of this work, has lived with Bipolar Disorder, as well as Borderline Personality Disorder, for most of his 70 years.
  • For most of that period of time he was undiagnosed and untreated, and lived a troubled life characterized by a fair amount of interpersonal chaos and periodic lapses in judgment with sometimes catastrophic results.
  • He has found a measure of peace in the last decade, after being diagnosed; after coming to terms with his diagnoses (no small feat in itself); and after working with his doctors to come up with a set of treatments, in his case primarily medication based, which have helped to balance him.
  • These are the words of a courageous and mature mind facing a significant set of problems and vulnerabilities and concluding that the way out is not to resist help but rather to work with it. Mania, and other powerful mental states like anger or depression, capture the mind, often entirely. They may produce a kind of psychosis in which a person acts selfishly, and not necessarily because they are a bad or manipulative person, but because they cannot see the true nature of their problem and so cannot break out of it.
  • This is a story of ordeal and long struggle. The ending is a happy one – and one open to others who are on this path, but also a realistic happiness – the happiness of the balancing act. He could topple again if he is not careful. We all could.

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Chapter 14: My Final Chapter Before My Curtain Closes Behind Me
Chapter 13: The Second Love Of My Life, Meglena
Chapter 12: Trying To Reconcile With My Mother (1999-2005)
Chapter 11: The Story Of Mary - Life In Northern Ireland
Chapter 10: Willing My Own Death (1988-1996): Part III
Chapter 10: Willing My Own Death (1988-1996): Part II
Chapter 10: Willing My Own Death (1988-1996): Part I
Chapter 9: A Love/Hate Relationship (1988-1991): Part II
Chapter 9: A Love/Hate Relationship (1988-1991): Part I
Chapter 8: Why Do I Need To Tell What Needs To Be Told? My Damaged Brain! (1940-2010)
Chapter 7: What Has Love Have Got To Do With It? (1972-1980): Part IV
Chapter 7: What Has Love Have Got To Do With It? (1972-1980): Part III
Chapter 7: What Has Love Have Got To Do With It? (1972-1980): Part II
Chapter 7: What Has Love Have Got To Do With It? (1972-1980): Part I
Chapter 6: A Quiet Truce Between Us (1967-1976): Part IV
Chapter 6: A Quiet Truce Between Us (1967-1976): Part III
Chapter 6: A Quiet Truce Between Us (1967-1976): Part II
Chapter 6: A Quiet Truce Between Us (1967-1976): Part I
Chapter 5: Daniel's New Life (1965-1970): Part III
Chapter 5: Daniel's New Life (1965-1970): Part II
Chapter 5: Daniel's New Life (1965-1970): Part I
Chapter 4: The Story Of Steve (1964-1969)
Chapter 3: The Hard Years --- Death, Illness and Accidents (1961-1965): Part III
Chapter 3: The Hard Years --- Death, Illness and Accidents (1961-1965): Part II
Chapter 3: The Hard Years --- Death, Illness and Accidents (1961-1965): Part I
Chapter 2: My Early Watershed Years: Part III
Chapter 2: My Early Watershed Years - Part II
Chapter 2: My Early Watershed Years (1951-1958) - Part I
My Early Happy Years: Part IV
My Early Happy Years: Part III
My Early Happy Years: Part II
Chapter 1: My Early Happy Years (1940-1951): Part I
Preface:'My Roller Coaster Ride Being A Bipolar Disorder Patient'
Publisher's Introduction to Bipolar True and Factual
 
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PrefaceChapter 1: My Early Happy YearsChapter 2: My Early Watershed YearsChapter 3: The Hard Years - Death, Illness and AccidentsChapter 4: The Story of SteveChapter 5: Daniel's New LifeChapter 6: A Quiet Truce Between UsChapter 7: What Has Love Got to Do With ItChapter 8: Why Do I Need To Tell What Needs To Be Told? My Damaged Brain!Chapter 9: A Love/Hate RelationshipChapter 10: Willing My Own DeathChapter 11: The Story of MaryChapter 12: Trying To Reconcile With My MotherChapter 13: The Second Love Of My Life, MeglenaChapter 14: My Final Chapter Before My Curtain Closes Behind Me
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