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  • By Dan Emerson
    Apr 15, 2012
    Bipolar disorder is a condition in which sufferers cycle back and forth between periods of a upbeat, energetic moods and irritability and depression.. It is often misunderstood and improperly diagnosed, even by experienced medial professionals. But Dr. Peter Dorsen, a Minneapolis physician for more than 30 years, is in a unique position to shed new light on bipolar disorder, as a person with the disease. He does so in his book, “Crazy Doctor: Mixing Drugs and Mental Illness,” the frank, self-revealing tale of his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder and self-medicating substance abuse, and its devastating impact on his medical career and family life. After years of attempts to treat the disease with medications and talk therapy, Dorsen and his psychiatrist eventually discovered the right combination of medications to manage his disease, and he has also succeeded in his recovery from substance abuse. That positive outcome makes it a hope-giving story for others who struggle with the... More > dual demons of depression and chemical dependency. The book also includes lists of resources for lay people and health professionals seeking a better understanding of the often-mysterious – but also manageable -- disorder.< Less
  • By marcus aurelius
    Apr 9, 2012
    By Susanna Margolis, author---- I do not recall and cannot imagine a braver or more unvarnished telling of what it is like to experience mental illness, struggle with it, and come back from it than Crazy Doctor: Mixing Drugs and Mental Illness. Dr. Peter Dorsen first felt disabling cycling depression as a boy, when it was little understood, and to say that it was a driving force of everything that followed—medical school, marriage, fatherhood, and a profession as a physician—is an understatement. His lifelong struggle against his illness and against the drug addictions to which it gave rise, the medical establishment, and a public willing to accept and forgive alcoholism and drug addiction but still wary of mental illness makes a riveting story. What renders the book unique is that it is informed by Dorsen’s medical expertise—and a high level of self-knowledge—and that it is so articulate and well written.
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Product Details

ISBN
9781105572234
Edition
Third Edition
Publisher
Triple A Press
Published
April 5, 2012
Language
English
Pages
187
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.74 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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