SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – Hillsborough County is the nation’s third-highest county for the pervasiveness of mental illness and 12th-highest for serious mental illness, according to Mental Health America and Tampabaythrives.org. Across the bridge, Pinellas County has historically suffered higher than the national rate for suicides, according to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
About Bipolar Disorder.
Statistically, the Tampa Metro Area is home to over 80,000 Bipolar sufferers. They experience mood swings. Uncharacteristic moral swings. Depression. Bouts of euphoria or feeling invincible. Accelerated energy. Hallucinations. Or suicidal. Over time, it’s all wrapped up in one person.
The Free Press interviewed Florida author, Troy Steven, to discuss his book, “Breaking Bipolar.” It’s published by Battle Press Publishing in Satellite Beach. An aeronautical engineer with a master’s degree, Steven was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and depicts many bipolar patients who are creative super-achievers. Rich or poor, experts often call Bipolar “the brilliant mind’s mood disorder.” Of five classifications, Bipolar I and Bipolar II disorders will produce the most psychotic manic or depressive episodes.
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Famous people with Bipolar produces a long list, but Winston Churchill, Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Sir Isaac Newton, Robin Williams, Beethoven, Dali, Ted Turner and Catherine Zeta Jones are among its victims. It can destroy some or all aspects of a functional life within weeks, months or years, depending on how rapidly it cycles. Hallucinations and psychotic episodes can occur whether hyper-manic or deeply depressed.
In “Breaking Bipolar,” a book praised by doctors and therapists, Steven gets in the trenches to speak directly to the heart of the afflicted. He equips family members and friends, even governments and employers to notice Bipolar’s signs and symptoms and understand the victim’s legal rights. He describes his personal journey and how he found his way back to sanity and success. Of his own experience, he told The Free Press, “In 2007, I attempted suicide, fought a Holy War with King David against 50,000 men and believed my wrists were slashed by enemy soldiers. I landed in the hospital. But, I wasn’t done. I jumped out a window and escaped.”
Through Steven’s self-help guide, Bipolar patients or prospects are led, step by step, from a proper diagnosis to the relieving attainment of stability and achievement. “The consensus of the medical community is that successful treatment of Bipolar disorder depends on following a comprehensive treatment plan including medication, educating yourself about the illness, communicating with your psychiatrist and therapist, having a strong support system and helping yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices. Those who take responsibility for their lives have very high potential to excel in life as there is a strong association between Bipolar and immense creative intelligence,” he said.
Steven explained that one in every five Bipolar sufferers dies by suicide.
Besides Amazon and Barnes and Noble bookstores, “Breaking Bipolar” is available singularly or in bulk at www.battlepress.media. Check him out on Youtube.
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