As per my last blog entry, I am very pleased to welcome Karen Tyrrell to this blog. I have 'known' Karen virtually for a couple of years now and I have supported her endeavours to write Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness from the beginning. This is not just because Karen writes a compelling story but also because Karen tells a very different story from mine. I believe it is important for people affected by bipolar disorder of types 1 and 2 to have access to as many personal experiences as possible in order to give our complex and demanding condition a human face, especially when those experiences are communicated with as much honesty and clarity as Karen shares hers. I have no hesitation in recommending Karen's book and wholeheartedly support Karen's advice.
To be in the draw for a FREE eBook please leave a question or a comment for Karen on this bog as normal and I will pass on what you have written to Karen OR contact Karen directly on her website www.karentyrrell.com . Two copies to be won!
So please welcome Karen Tyrrell, an Australian mental health advocate to here at Bipolar Girl. Karen has published ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness, her gutsy story of how a harassed teacher developed severe bipolar disorder and how she recovered. Karen wants to share how she reclaimed her life.
1) Karen, what was the most important thing that helped you recover?
A strong support network kept me on track … my family, friends, work colleagues, my psychiatrist and psychologist all watched over me.
2) What part did medication play in your recovery?
Medication played a vital role in the early stages to calm my mania and normalize my thinking. As my medication reduced, I needed to find out what pro-active strategies would help me to fully recover and keep me well.
3) What part did positive thinking and self-awareness play in your recovery?
Daily morning exercise and meditation increased my positive thinking. I practiced the Chinese philosophy of Mindfulness, keeping self-aware in the Now. I monitored any tiny fluctuations with my moods and emotions. Each day, I wrote down exactly what I was feeling in a stream of consciousness way.
4) What if there was only one piece of advice you could give other bi-polar sufferers, what would it be?
Learn what your triggers are and how to avoid them. Develop an individualized wellness plan, tailored just for you. This plan should include your warning signs and how to combat them with coping strategies.
Thank you Karen, now please tell us more about your book. This is YOUR space :)
Dear friends and supporters,
ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness ... my journey into and out of mental illness is OUT now on Amazon.
ME & HER is a fast-paced narrative ... How I became ill. How my Mania and Psychosis manifested. How I recovered.
I share my proactive strategies to recovery and wellness ...
ME & HER will challenge and confront your pre-conceived ideas on mental illness … We’re all vulnerable!
ANNOUNCING … ME & HER Amazon launch
ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness launches this week on Amazon.
Please go to http://www.karentyrrell.com and click on BUY THE BOOK to purchase ME & HER as an eBook or print book!
Thanks for your Amazing support!
Here is a reminder of Karen's International Blog Tour:
ME & HER Blog Tour 14th - 20th May
14th May Kaz Delaney- Writing Inspiration http://kazdelaney.wordpress.com/
Prachi S.Vaish - Psychologist - Interview www.hopenetwork.in
15th May Tuesday Writing Tips- Writing Memoirs http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/
Dr Happy – Happiness after the Gloom http://www.thehappinessinstitute.com/blog/
16th May Sally Odgers - Writing & Editing Process http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com.au/
17th May Gabrielle Sheppard,UK - Bipolar Recovery www.bi-polargirl.com/blog
18th May Natasha Tracy, Canada - Writing for Recovery http://natashatracy.com/
19th May Jill Smith- Book Review & Interview http://authorjillsmith.wordpress.com
Kids Book Review- Mental Health Books 4 Kids http://www.kids-bookreview.com/
20th May Ang Hall - ME & HER Book Review- http://bluedingonet.wordpress.com/