In a candid style and with compassion for bipolar disorder sufferers, Thompson chronicles the struggles, failures and, ultimate triumphs of her protagonist as she slowly learns to live in the world of bipolar disorder.
“It is not a tale of climbing the ladder of success, but of a winding trail that is sometimes upward, but that ultimately leads to the goal of stability and understanding of an illness the heroine of my story must live with and manage the rest of her life,” writes Thompson.
“Marie” was not diagnosed with bipolar disorder until middle age. In Reboot: A Novel of Bipolar Disorder, she reveals the uphill battle to fit in and to function at work with the undiagnosed disorder. Failed relationships are detailed, and readers are given a firsthand look at life through the eyes of one afflicted with manic-depression. Marie's wake-up call came in the form of a sudden revelation that something was wrong with her and that she needed help.
A woman's struggle to deal with bipolar disorder as it affects all of her life's aspects; her jobs, her relationships, her ability to live her life normally: her diagnosis is not the end of her quest to find out what is wrong with her life. She has to then find a doctor and medications that will work in her individual case. The journey is long and the destination is in doubt. Bipolar disorder is a common, often undiagnosed mental illness that affects about four percent of the population. It is a challenge to get diagnosed, to find a doctor who understands and is able to treat the disorder, and to find the right combination of medications.
“The target audience is people with bipolar disorder who have traveled this road, especially those who are having difficulty accepting their diagnosis or who have lost faith that they can ultimately reach stability and peace,” she writes.
Thompson has worked as a social worker, teacher, paralegal and writer. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She wrote for the publisher of a political encyclopedia and served as a medical writer for a training corporation. She has had 20 short stories published, has written about bipolar disorder in Sugar and Salt: My Life with Bipolar Disorder and The Rookie’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder. A person with bipolar disorder cannot control his or her moods and consequently their lives spin out of control as they self-medicate with alcohol and drugs and make poor judgment calls. Many do not recognize that they have an illness and do not seek treatment. This book is an introduction to some of the problems and some of the solutions that can be found for bipolar disorder. It is fictional, but the situations are often found with people who have the disorder.
Jane Thompson, Writer
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