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A Journal of Manic Depression
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by Nadiye Coskuner
This is the poignant story of a young girl brought up in Bali who progressively develops manic depression or bi-polar disorder. It vividly describes what it is like to “spin” out of control and lose friends and the chance of a college education, without really understanding what is going on. And then, the decent into lethargy, despair and depression. Above all, it describes the horror of being in thrall to a medical regimen that has no answer but to prescribe a lifetime of powerful medication with all its terrible side effects.
It is also an inspiring story of courage and love. Nadiye was fortunate in that she enjoyed the love of her family who supported her every step of the way so she might find the way back to health and vitality. And it is a cautionary and shameful tale of horrifying medical incompetence and ignorance, where over many years at great cost to both her well being, not to mention the considerable financial cost to her family, her doctors consigned her to a pharmacological hell on earth.
Eventually through her own and her family’s endeavors, research led them to an American integrative doctor and to the knowledge of how the chemical imbalance that causes this disease can be largely controlled, if not cured, through non-drug means or nutritional supplements, mainly vitamins, amino acids and certain other natural substances.
Bi-polar disorder and other depressive conditions are endemic in our society today, and increasingly among young people. Nadiye Coskuner has rendered a valuable service in writing this courageous book that serves both as a warning and an inspiration for all those suffering from any psychological dysfunction and also the people who care for them.
“This extraordinary tale of one young woman’s search for remedies and the causes of her so-called mental illness is both moving and pro-found, and will serve as an inspiring example for those who struggle within the limitations of their local medical practitioners and the necessity of taking responsibility for our own life and health.” Mary Northmore, Founder: Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women, Bali, Indonesia.
About the Author
Nadiye Coskuner was only fifteen years old when she began her very first tortuous journey into the dark depths and euphoric excesses of manic depression. This struggle was to last for seven long and frightening years. In documenting her experiences she hopes to share her accumulated knowledge with fellow sufferers. By charting these turbulent shores of the human mind that are shaped by the subtle imbalances of the biochemistry of the body and brain, she has prepared a valuable guide to others lost on their own dark shores.
To write this book she had to find the courage to revisit each day memoirs of terror and confusion, facing the fear and humiliation of past actions. This is a brave soul who bequeaths love and compassion to others, offering a bright guiding light in the darkness of their pain.
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