The Teeter-Totter

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The diagnosis is one no one wants. It is a wretched, horrible illness and carries with it a stigma. No one wants that either. However, I have that disease, always have had mental illness, although my bipolar diagnosis was not handed to me until the age of forty. I hate it, loathe it, want to bury it or throw it into the depths of the sea, but I can’t. You see, it is part of who I am.

It started in childhood and carried on throughout all my adult years. This is my story. It includes the teeter-totter ups and downs as well as the psychotic times and paranoia, hallucinations, and feelings of grandeur. My whole life is illuminated for you to read.

 

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Contents

Not Again
1
Its Twins
4
More Than a Sister
14
British Columbia Here We Come
22
The Teacher
30
Fire Fire
36
Hormones and Things
47
Almost Free
57
Psychiatrist One
169
Psychiatrist Two and the Runaway
175
Mania and More Mania
187
Paranoia and Hallucinations
194
Employed and Back in the Cave
202
Horror from the Pulpit
214
Please No Not Me
224
Psychiatrists Four Five and Six
232

Academy Life
67
On Becoming a Nurse
73
Not MePlease
84
The Practice of Nursing
90
College Men and Me
99
The Feel of Bipolar Depression
114
Living with The Beast
123
Here Comes the Bride
131
I Do and The Beast Returns
139
Down and Up Forever
148
FlipFlop Again
157
The Beast and I
241
The Great Scream
249
And Guess What?
259
Police Mania and Me
268
Manic or not Manic?
278
High in Canada
289
The Beast
304
Then It Was
313
The End of the Beginning
322
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About the author (2012)

Sharon Carruthers, a retired nurse, enjoys a stable and productive retirement, organizing and leading out in depression seminars, and Bible study groups. She supports bipolar individuals and their families. She and her husband, Douglas, live in Kansas. They have two adult sons and a delightful shih-tzu named Singlea. Corrine Vanderwerff, a freelance writer, makes her home in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

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