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Write and Burn: Adventures In Bipolar Mania


By Mark Ridler

ISBN: 978-1-78382-455-7
Published: 2019
Pages: 95
Key Themes: Mental Health, Bipolar, Mania, Depression


Write and Burn: Adventures In Bipolar Mania is the true story of the author and his struggles with mental health in late 2018 / early 2019. Some episodes are recalled from earlier experiences while most are contemporary.

It is written from the point of view of the person experiencing the symptoms, therefore the rationale can appear warped and distorted. It is only when admitted to hospital that a change of medication occurs and normality returns.

The case is made that mania and psychosis are fundamentally based on beliefs such as "I live in a deterministic universe". Then all messages may be interpreted as being for the recipient and the positive reinforcement loop takes hold.

About the Author

Mark Ridler was diagnosed with unipolar disorder (depression) in 1998, following the death of his first child. He spent 3 months in Wonford House in Exeter, receiving cognitive behavioural therapy and a series of antidepressants.

He fought to come off the drugs and was basically fit and well for the next 15 years.

Then after divorcing and remarrying, he experienced a sequence of very stressful family-related episodes. These led to increasingly manic behaviour with psychotic symptoms too, throughout 2013.

In 2014, he was admitted to The Cedars, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and prescribed mood stabilisers and anti-psychotics.

The mania continued, resulting in a Section 2 detention, a criminal conviction and divorce for the second time.

In 2015, Mark was admitted to mental hospital once more with continual delusions and hallucinations, believing that Madonna wanted to marry him. He was only able to make progress when he realised that the voices in his head were fiction. Once he'd made the decision not to hear them, then normality returned.

Mark has subsequently achieved good health, albeit with an ongoing underlying depression. He was admitted to The Cedars with a dose of mania in late 2016 and to the Littlemore Mental Health Centre with another dose of mania in early 2019.

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 10 February, 2019.