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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Conor Bezane’s The Bipolar Addict, we get a first-hand account and experience of someone suffering from an oftentimes misunderstood mental illness. We follow Conor through the '90s and 2000s as his manic depression, along with a pairing drug and alcohol addiction, began to slowly take pieces of his life. He opens the door to his life and shows the very real struggle and mentality of someone who is bipolar. The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium & Why Sober Is the New Cool also features a few other men and women who have the same diagnosis. From reading about each one, you begin to see that everyone’s mania and depression are different.
As a person who was diagnosed with being bipolar at the age of fourteen, I know how incredibly hard it can be to talk about it. I was fortunate enough never to get into drugs or alcohol, but my own life was controlled by my manic and depressive episodes that often led to hospitalizations. Reading this book took me back to the struggle and those bad years when I wasn’t being medicated and life was at its worst. It also gave me insight as to how someone’s mania and depression can come out in different ways than my own. The Bipolar Addict is well written and bluntly honest. This isn’t a bad thing because bipolar is a serious disease that people still poke fun at.
I think it’s a great book for someone who wants to understand the bipolar mind better because I know from personal experience that my actions have confused many. For me, it was hard to explain what was going on with me back then. I think it was extremely brave of Conor Bezane to write this book. It’s such a hard subject to touch on, let alone going deep into your own story and those of others. It was kind of nice because as I read things that were similar to my own experiences, I felt like I wasn’t the only one. It’s good to know that.