Closing the Chasm: Letters From a Bipolar Physician to His Son

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What would it be like to be a physician with a major mental illness? You would have all the challenges of medical practice complicated by moods that swung from high to low and back again. What if you were also struggling to be a husband and a father? In this engaging and at times intimate look into life with bipolar disorder Dr. Diven offers insights into symptoms and problems living with this mental illness. There are discussions of family life and near suicide, medications and therapy, and complications and successes. Sometimes comical and often serious vignettes of common experiences with other bipolar patients are explored or explained. Written in the form of letters to his eldest child the story is warmly personal while adding a professional's insight. Excellent reading for anyone interested in a fascinating biography this book also serves as an open look into manic-depressive illness for persons with similar struggles or the loved ones of a mentally ill person.
 

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Contents

Why You?
1
Dead Dad
4
Growing Up
7
Sixteen Going On Seventeen
11
What Happened In Chemistry Class
13
TERROS
17
Tripping Down The Midnight Highway
21
Dissociation And Sex
24
Dr White Disappears
85
Dr B Part One
87
Lithium
90
Dr B Laughs
93
You Buy An Acura
96
A MixedUp Disorder
99
Dumping The Practice
101
The Ups And Downs Of Drugs
103

Trying Professional Help
28
John Guzman
31
Finally Getting The Signs
34
On The Road
36
Im A Doctor Damn It
38
Getting Religion And Nearly Losing It
40
The Last Quiet Years
44
The House On Constitution Street
47
Panic In The Pediatric Clinic
50
And What Happened After That
54
The End Of Internship
57
My First Year Of Practice
59
The Fellowship That I Thought Would Save Me
62
Into The Abyss
65
Meeting My First Psychiatrist
70
The World At War
73
The White Rabbit
78
Meltdown In The City By The Bay
81
Pissing On The Interstate
106
The Summer Of 1994
109
Spilling The Beans
113
My Near Brush With Suicide
116
The Garage
119
Bipolar Patients Ive Known
121
Parkinsons Disease
124
No More Lithium For Me
129
Single Mother
133
The Shaman
137
Thoughts About Psychiatry And Dr B
141
Paying For Things
143
My Spirituality And My Medications
145
Mental Illness And Faith
147
Normal Days In The Whirligig
149
Not The End
151
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