Lady Gaga Loves ‘An Unquiet Mind’ ~Links to Purchase~

ladyGagaAnUnquietMind
Proof Positive… Lady Gaga reads the best♥

Purchase your own copy… links below!!!

I recently did a post on the book ‘An Unquiet Mind’ by Kay Redfield Jamison… if you missed it you can certainly check it out *HERE*.

As I mentioned, this book is a breath of fresh air for those of us trying to make sense of our mental health issues, but in my opinion, it would make a fantastic read for those who know a friend or loved one battling Bipolar Disorder (aka Manic Depressive Illness) as well.

As you see in this picture, even the amazingly talented and amazingly human Lady Gaga finds the book to be of value to her. For those of you who are not following along in Ms Lady Gagas life, she has been battling her own mental health problems stemming from a rape she endured, and also the unfortunate reality of the litany of mental health issues that arise from the very painful, and very real Fibromyalgia.

Similarities anyone?? I know I can certainly relate… as I endure those things myself, as well as pain in my hips, pelvis, and lower back that runs down the back of my legs ending at the knees… and last but not least, the ugly and incurable Interstitial Cystitis… which interestingly seems to go hand in hand with Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is enough to make one pull their hair out… at least that pain IS warranted, not to mention the endorphins released from such an act would be a welcomed sensation in comparison with most other sensations, almost always painful.

I applaud Ms Lady Gaga for sharing her difficulties with all of her fans, and creating the Born This Way Foundation. With her status in life, she has become a voice for us all, who while screaming at the top of our lungs, will never be heard in the way her voice can… and will.

Click image to connect to Amazon for purchase options!

If the image link above isn’t working,* here is a link*  where you can purchase the book for very reasonable prices. Don’t need one personally?? How about gifting it to the coworker you know who struggles, or your loved one who battles mental health problems?? Even if you didn’t want this particular item, that is a-ok! Through the provided links, you can access any item you are interested in, and it doesn’t cost a pennies difference whether you access my link to Amazon here, or order direct without using my links. However, and this is important, what it DOES do is help me to continue “Becoming Me”… and will give ‘thebipolarmuse’ a slight kickback to assist in keeping this site up and running… What a wonderful gift you would be gracing me with!!! Like I said, whether you purchased this book, or bought toys for your children for Christmas, as long as you go *through my link here*, you are helping me to continue doing the one thing I am MOST passionate about… sharing my story and life experiences with you… and serve as a reminder that life has unforeseen challenges indeed, but we can control how we react.

I choose to help others by sharing my life, the good and bad to help remind readers that nobody is alone in their struggles. You will always have a friend in me… I choose to attempt be the light in what sometimes feels like mind numbing, heart crushing, and soul sucking darkness.

Join me and let us serve as beacons for those who feel lost.

©thebipolarmuse2018

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

an-unquiet-mind.jpg

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison is one of my favorite books about manic depressive illness, and finding this author became a ray of light at an important time of my life… my own personal breakdown. You can find a copy of this excellent read in print on Amazon, and they also have it for the Kindle. Not only is Kay Redfield Jamison the Author, she also works in the mental health industry, and lives with Manic Depressive Illness (aka Bipolar Disorder) herself. She gives a very detailed, educated, yet very personal account of the disorder and how it has shaped her life.

Reading the book sparked the following post originally posted in April 2010…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

She touches so well on the circus in my head… literally a psychosis I experienced that was one of the most intense experiences I have ever had. Knowing I was not alone in this chaos was certainly of importance for there is no way to describe to someone what it is like to feel so cold that it feels like fire, or be surrounded by lights that seem so bright everything around you appears surreal. There’s no way to describe how loud a chirping bird sounds, or how strong and fragrant fresh cut grass can create nausea. There’s no way to explain the sound and feel of the earth beneath my feet as I walk…

Nor is there a way to explain what it’s like when all of those experiences are absent… as in a state of depression.

Depression is the monster on my back. It steals everything from me and leaves me with absolutely nothing… nothing other than misery. It leaves me with pain, sickness, indifference, and my most hated phrase: “All I know is I don’t know”.

When depressed, a walk in the park is absent of everything pleasant. I can’t hear children laughing and playing, I can’t smell the BBQ cooking, I can’t hear birds chirping or dogs barking, I can’t feel the breeze or the warmth of the sun, I can’t see people smiling and enjoying themselves, and worst of all… I feel devoid of life in general.

Depression is painful and torturous. It robs me of any happiness and is absolutely brutal. I have fought these feelings since I was 11yrs old… and 31 years later I am still trying to figure it out… trying to tame this beast.

It can be done… I will do it… WATCH ME.

©thebipoolarmuse2010