Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive, by Molly McHugh

My Copy: 9780692504512 (image from

This book is an interesting mix of information, largely good, but I just had difficulty with some of the presentation. It’s part autobiography, part informative. You certainly get a good grasp of what the author went through in good and bad times, especially as being bipolar wasn’t well known at the time.

I think Bipolar 1 Disorder is useful, yet the presentation could use a facelift in some small ways. There’s a little topic jumping at a few points, and you realize she’s taking a trip down memory lane…but it does work to give you an idea how the mental processes change as a result of this condition.

Regarding the articles and studies the author mentions, I wish the formatting was different. There are moments when the author’s got a study that relates to what she’s talking about, but you almost don’t realize it til the citation pops up in the end. A shade box or something would’ve made less of a guessing game between what was her words and the article’s words, but at least it was good info.

All in all, worth a look if you know somebody who may be Bipolar (there are differences in grades, so to speak), but need to get a grasp of that person’s downward turns and what they’re going through (or could be).

Penny for your thoughts? We'll listen...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.