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By Rahla Xenopoulos

ISBN-10: 1770221891

ISBN-13: 9781770221895

In 1992, Rahla Xenopoulos used to be clinically determined with bipolar illness. regardless of the devastating prognosis, she sought schooling on her disease. even if she came across an abundance of literature on numerous psychological health problems, none of it appeared appropriate to her. this example encouraged her to write down a e-book chronicling her ongoing efforts to return to phrases with a affliction that's, in influence, a lifestyles sentence. The ebook recounts her upbringing in an eccentric, loving Jewish relatives, her fight with bulimia, anorexia and self-mutilation, her makes an attempt at suicide, discovering real love and, ultimately, the 'crazy, totally unpredictable adventure of giving beginning to triplets'. this can be neither a self-help publication nor a med­ical advisor. analyzing this ebook won't healing somebody; bipolar disease is a protracted disease. however it did support Rahla – because it will numerous others – 'to comprehend the rhythm within the cacophony of this condition'.

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It has to be an intense experience. Reflected in a studio mirror, floor to ceiling, wall to wall, I expect to see the grace of the human form lifted effortlessly in rhythmic free flight. The sad irony is that I am not a born, or a natural, dancer. No matter how much I starve myself, my body will always be the wrong shape. Short of limb, lumpy of frame, I’ve found myself at times to be either too big of breast or too wide of girth. My brain is dyslexic, so I find myself confused, slow, and at times even dancing in the wrong direction.

When it’s gonna come, it’s gonna come, and that’s that. Time passed. After the long night of baking, I flew high and got dumped low. I went to insane places, but I never lived in this world. A few doctors tried to help. When I was manic, I wouldn’t eat or sleep, and so, at the age of twenty-three, a doctor diagnosed me with anorexia. Two years later, reluctantly crawling through the aftermath of mania and falling into its ensuing depression, I found myself hankering after the hollow high of mania.

Living with bipolar disorder Living with bipolar disorder Rahla Xenopoulos Published by Zebra Press an imprint of Random House Struik (Pty) Ltd Company Reg. No. za First published 2009 Publication © Zebra Press 2009 Text © Rahla Xenopoulos 2009 Cover photograph © Jonathan Harris All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owners.

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