Mad Like Me: Travels in Bipolar Country
Publisher: Consultancy for Alternative Education (CAE Canada)
ISBN 10: 0987678884
ISBN 13: 978-0987678881
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder? Ever agonized about whether your own or a loved one’s mood swings are normal or not? This is the book for you! Mad Like Me: Travels in Bipolar Country takes you on a wild, no-holds-barred gallop through one health professional’s battles with bipolar disorder. In 2008, Dr. Hammond was struck with bipolar at age 51. Just imagine: almost overnight, she flipped from being a researcher and public health consultant to a locked-ward patient. She shares everything she learned along the way about how to reclaim your own mental health and maintain stability, and does so in an accessible, readable, often humorous way.
Her fearless honesty in vividly retelling events helps to demystify this much-misunderstood mental illness, and to humanize the people it affects. The book is proof that hope and recovery are possible, and a poignant salute to her family who stood by her throughout their shared saga. This is an essential resource for patients working towards recovery, for families who need insight into what it is truly like to have bipolar disorder, and for therapists, nurses, and psychiatrists. Readers and reviewers have raved, calling it “mesmerizing,” “captivating,” “riveting,” “compelling,” “elucidating,” “enlightening,” “inspiring,” “remarkable,” “deeply personal,” “stunningly sincere,” “a must-read,” “beautifully written; powerfully honest,” and “a bullseye.” For videos, photos and media links about the author, her family and the book, please visit merrylhammond.com.
If you enjoyed Kay Jamison’s classic 1996 memoir An Unquiet Mind or Marya Hornbacher’s 2009 triumph Madness: A Bipolar Life, you’re going to devour this latest bipolar memoir! Dr. Hammond says her mission is now to fight the stigma against all forms of mental illness, in all age groups. She hopes that you’ll join that undertaking once you’ve read her book.
A must-read for anyone living with, loving someone, or counseling a person affected by bipolar disorder. You will be swept up in the sights, sounds, and emotions of "Bipolar Country" as if you are dealing with them in real time. Michele Noble, LPC.
This personal story is infinitely better than any textbook could be to really show people what bipolar disorder is all about. It really lets the world know what it is like to LIVE the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Should be compulsory reading for all health professionals. Barbara Webster, RN, BScN, MSc.
Well written, informative, clear and very personal. If I were still treating psychiatric patients I'd advise them to read it. Dr. Sturla Bruun-Meyer, Psychiatrist
The book is very well written, and this compelling story is at once personal, enlightening, and inspiring. Karen Armstrong, Librarian
Wow; bullseye! The definitive book for bipolar sufferers and everyone around them. I was mesmerized. Read this! Laurence Potgieter
Amazing! Compelling. Infused with humour yet filled with serious research, it permits the reader to enter the incredible labyrinth of the human brain. A must-read. Anne Vrana
I was sucked right in. It gave me a deeper understanding of what my family members with bipolar have dealt with... and how we can support a loved one dealing with it. Sue Canfield
Riveting. This book is for everyone, including medical personnel, to understand the illness from the patient's point of view. Marilyn Ghadirian
About the Author
Dr. Hammond was born in South Africa, where she studied nursing and midwifery, then sociology, and finally got a doctorate in public health and adult education. She also got post-graduate qualifications in nursing administration, nursing education and community health. She worked in the Department of Community Health at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate doctors, and working at the university’s rural Health Services Development Unit in an apartheid-mandated “black homeland”. During this time, she co-edited a series of three public health textbooks published by Oxford University Press, and numerous scholarly articles about medical education, primary health care, and other topics. She moved to Canada in 1988 and had her doctoral thesis published in book form, titled “Self-directed learning: critical practice”, co-authored by her husband, Rob Collins, published by Kogan Page in London (UK) in 1989. In 1993, she and Rob co-authored another book, “One World, One Earth: Educating Children for Social Responsibility”, which was published by New Society Publishers, Canada. All these early years Canada, Hammond was an at-home mother to 3 young children and two teenaged stepchildren. In 1995 she also published a book, “Pesticide Bylaws: why we need them; how to get them,” partially funded by the Quebec government. In the mid 1990s, she started working outside the home again, and focused on public health consulting work. Her and Rob’s previous work in rural South Africa drew them naturally to working with Indigenous communities in Canada, mostly Inuit communities in the far north, and various First Nations communities. They have co-authored numerous resources about issues of public health concern to Indigenous communities, mainly in recent years, tobacco reduction, suicide prevention, and youth mental health. After over 13 years of a very active career managing numerous health projects and travelling to all corners of the Canadian Arctic, in 2008 Hammond was struck with bipolar disorder at age 51. In “Mad Like Me: Travels in Bipolar Country” she takes readers through the vivid details of her struggles with bipolar. By retelling events with unblinking honesty, she demystifies this greatly misunderstood mental illness, and humanizes the people it affects. For videos, photos and media links about the author, her family and the book, please visit merrylhammond.com.