This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
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.