Funny... You Don't Look Bipolar!

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
98 Pages
Reviewed on 06/26/2015
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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Funny…You Don’t Look Bipolar is an autobiography written by Hummingbird, which, as the title suggests, is an account of her struggle with this mental condition. It also contains snippets of stories from other people who are affected by the disease. As a little girl, she was doted on by her parents, but signs of her mental condition were already obvious, going into bouts of depression and mania intermittently. She was raped at the age of seventeen and had an abortion just before her eighteenth birthday. Landing a job in the US Marines, she felt she'd found her calling, but a traumatic event ended her career on a sour note. Married and pregnant at the age of nineteen, her struggle with bipolar and the responsibilities of raising three daughters and a son overwhelmed her. Thus began a series of trips to different doctors, hospitals, and taking medications. This is her story.

Hummingbird’s Funny…You Don’t Look Bipolar is a close look at the life of someone who tries to cope with a mental disorder that is deemed incurable. Bipolar is a neurochemical disorder caused by an imbalance of chemicals related to the nervous system. Reportedly, the US has the highest number of bipolar cases in the world and this fact makes this book quite important. Although it suggests treatment and management for the mental issue, the book is surprisingly not full of scientific jargon that could make reading tedious. Instead, it simply tells the story of how one woman copes with bipolar and still finds happiness in her life after a long and painful struggle. Bipolar is incurable, but it can be managed with proper treatment and moral support. This book has a wealth of information on how to deal with bipolar. It is an inspiring book that will make readers understand those who suffer from it better.