Bipolar Disorder (also known as Manic-Depressive Disorder) is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of very good, irritable and depressive moods. Often these mood swings occur over a short period of time, and can be so severe as to lead to suicidal tendencies.
This 319-page memoir is both inspiring and eye-opening. Jim Jones does a wonderful job of telling his story in his voice. (His voice is that of a nerdy, republican-turned-democratic law professor and history buff.) Jim's personality comes through each page - the good, the bad, the selfish, the arrogant, the pompous and the manic. His authentic narrative of his life story is one of the things I like most about the novel. The other thing is his dedication to research; it's very obvious that he approached the writing of this novel with a law professional's reliance on research. As a result the novel is well-research and extremely informative. Jim does a masterful job of intertwining the facts of his diagnosis with his story and his symptoms.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has a mental illness or has someone in their life living with a mental illness. Jim does a great job of outlining how he's managed to reach the height of his profession and even outlines how others might achieve the same success. He is diligent in warning that no two people are a like and thus he cannot guarantee that someone who has all of the same opportunities (money and the best care available) as he did, will be as successful.
About the book:
A Hidden Madness by James T.R. Jones
Publisher: James T.R. Jones
Date of publish: December 29, 2011