Art From Adversity: A Life With Bipolar
Anne Therese Naylor is a mother of four who provides insights into what it is like to become mentally ill and what it takes to become 'well'. Her account of bipolar disorder covers the highs and lows of the illness. She has written about her manic periods when she stayed awake for days at a time, her descent into depression and how she has learned to control her symptoms and live with her disorder. Based on Anne’s experiences, she also gives advice to carers.
- Author: Anne T Naylor
- Year: 2013
- Access via: Online bookstore/Retail
- Country: Australia
- Website: Art from Adversity
'Although this is not a self-help manual, it gives the reader a great deal of useful information, such as how to recognise the onset of symptoms and what to do about it. It covers medication and treatments, both conventional and alternative, theories about the causes of bipolar disorder and the reactions of family and friends. She also writes about having a child with Down syndrome, a subject which she tackles with rigorous honesty, exposing her own weaknesses and doubts, joys and humour. Above all, Anne show that having a mental illness and being a carer are not always negative and terrible experiences, contrary to public opinion and press coverage. Both can bring a lot of positives in terms of experiences and creativity, and in developing empathy towards others.‘Art From adversity: A Life With Bipolar’ is a source of encouragement and inspiration. It to informs readers, resonates with them and inspires them. It will make a difference to many and help secure a better future for those who have a mental illness or are carers, and for the people who know and love them.'