A Love Story Set in Mexico and Oregon
Explores the Challenges of Depression and Bipolar Disorder
|JUST ANOTHER MANIC MOMENT|
A Novel: In Sickness and In Health #1
I have been writing this story for over two years, intertwining the love of two people with the complex challenges of mental illness. Of course, living in Mexico plays a part in this tale, as the search for treatments evolve and the hope for a healthier life unfolds.
My goal in writing this novel was to focus more attention on depression and bipolar disorder, in hopes that more people who suffer from these mental illnesses will seek and receive appropriate treatment. Bipolar disorder affects millions of people in the world. The numbers are difficult to determine because many never seek treatment, numerous men and women with untreated and under-treated mental illness ending up in the homeless community.
According to a National Alliance on Mental Health fact sheet produced by the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists, "Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder (mental illness) which exposes people to these mood changes over the course of time. Bipolar disorder affects more than two million Americans each year, but patients with this disorder can lead fulfilling lives when they receive proper treatment. Unfortunately, many of those with this illness don't receive treatment."
Remember this blog article? "Winter Blues", SAD, Clinical Depression, Bipolar? Another Reason to Retire Early... and Go Find Sunshine! Here's an interesting tidbit...
...that has been my second most popular blog article of all time. This indicates to me that many of my readers have an interest in this topic, either because they themselves have one of these disorders or someone close to them may suffer with one.
|RV Life on the Beach in Mazatlan, Mexico|
While I hope this novel is enjoyed by many, it may be of special interest to those who deal with mental illness on a daily basis in one way or another. This story illustrates that life includes times of love, romance, struggles, and pain. But, in the end, there is hope and help.
When Lindsay and Jake fell in love, it was magnetic and powerful. Jake declared that the “chemistry of love” pulled them together, that they were split-aparts, lucky to have found each other. Lindsay agreed, ecstatic that she had found her soulmate. When they exchanged wedding vows, they meant every word. … “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death…”
Then Jake was diagnosed with clinical depression, a major depressive disorder that took the joy from his life. Later, periods of rage and anger changed his personality, testing his relationship with Lindsay. A phase of manic euphoria and frenzied spending forced Lindsay to take drastic measures.
Jake’s revised diagnosis of bipolar disorder, a manic-depressive illness, a radical brain disorder, caused the wonderful life he and Lindsay had built to begin to disintegrate. Would their wedding vows be enough to get them through the strain on their marriage? Could Lindsay tolerate the chaos caused by Jake’s severe mood swings, high energy and activity levels during periods of mania, replaced by months of sadness, anxiety, isolation, and despair when depression took over?
Would Lindsay be able to keep her vow “to have and to hold… in sickness and in health…”? Bipolar disorder and depression, mental health issues, fell into the category of sickness, but no one warned her it would be this difficult.
After years of psychiatrist visits, medication changes, counseling sessions, and other recommended therapy for Jake’s bipolar disorder, his moods still were not stabilized. Would newly discovered gene assays and blood tests indicate choices for a better treatment? Would escaping their stressful lifestyle and moving to México give Jake and Lindsay the new start their relationship needed?Lindsay was determined to find the answer to balancing Jake’s brain chemistry so he would return to her as the split-apart she had fallen in love with. She hoped the chemistry of love would hold them together long enough to overcome this horrible disorder.
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