New Book on Bipolar and Depression by Natasha Tracy — EBook Due Out Early October
Lost Marbles: Insight into My Life with Depression & Bipolar will be out in eBook format in early October and in paper format in late October and will be available on Amazon.com (and, eventually, elsewhere).
Welcome to the official Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar page. My name is Natasha Tracy and I’m the author. Here, I’d like to share with you a little about the book, what’s in it and what others are saying about it.
What Is Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar?
This is a new book with a new perspective on depression and bipolar. It straddles between a self-help book and a memoir. This means that it aims to help people live better through sharing my story and also through providing real-world actions people can do to improve their lives.
Lost Marbles is a collection of some of my best Bipolar Burble and Breaking Bipolar articles plus more sections written just for this book. It represents about 50 of my more than 1000 articles on bipolar and depression.
I’m honored to say that Julie A. Fast, author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Get It Done When You’re Depressed, has this to say about the book:
Natasha’s book transforms the terrible into the lyrical, the sad into the hopeful and the confusing into an educational experience that speaks to anyone touched by bipolar disorder symptoms. She knows that learning to manage this illness takes time and a sense of humor. Natasha creates a realistic, stark and always enlightening book. She’s aware of the contradictions she presents and offers an honest look at what it’s really like to live with this illness. Lost Marbles addresses the questions we all have, but often don’t know who to ask for information. What does it feel like to be manic? What is it really like on the psych ward? Is depression forever? Can people with bipolar disorder get better? We learn through her stories of how she finds answers to these questions. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be entertained while learning the extremely important strategies we all need to live successful, stable and joyful lives.
In this book is my traditional, politically-incorrect writing style combined with new ideas and ways of looking at mental illness. You’ll also find sections devoted the latest medication recommendations for both bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. For a partial view of the table of contents (updated Sep. 21/16) see here: Lost Marbles table of contents.
I’m also honored to say that Dr. Prakash Masand, a psychiatrist and Founder and CEO Global Medical Education, Adjunct Professor, Duke-NUS, has this to say about the book:
“Lost Marbles: Insights Into My Life with Depression & Bipolar” is a poignant story, told from a patient’s perspective, on living with bipolar illness. Tracy provides valuable insights into this disease, lessons learned (often the hard way) and helpful advice on managing the illness. At times brutally honest, she delves into some of the more difficult issues surrounding bipolar illness, including self-destructive behaviors and suicide. “Lost Marbles” is a valuable resource for patients, family members of those living with this disease, and health care professionals who treat psychiatric illnesses.
But What Do Mental Health Advocates Think of Lost Marbles by Natasha Tracy?
I’m lucky enough to know a few advocates and, in fact, I know DJ Jaffe who I consider to be the premiere serious mental illness advocate. He stands up for the seriously mentally ill in a way I don’t — as he knows all about policy and what is going on in Washington, and that’s just not my thing. If it weren’t for people like him, laws that benefit the seriously mentally ill wouldn’t get passed.
“Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar” is a witty, original, informed, politically incorrect, and iconoclastic description of what it is like to live with serious mental illness and how to come out on the other side. Natasha Tracy challenges almost every conventional wisdom about living with mental illness. She brings clarity, compassion, a deep understanding and irreverence to subjects including suicide, and deciding whether to take medications or stop medications. She is almost blasphemous in the depth of their introspection. If you want to understand what goes on inside the mind of a bipolar and why, then read this book. You’ll understand how Natasha Tracy became one of the internet’s top mental illness writers.
I am also fortunate to know Susan Inman, author, After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity, and another fabulous mental illness advocate. She has this to say about the book:
Natasha Tracy’s new book combines her deeply personal and vividly recounted experiences with bipolar disorder with up-to-date accounts of the latest research. Along with a basic primer about depression and bipolar disorder, she includes a selection of some of her most popular articles. New readers will see why Natasha has become a leading voice for people wanting to use the best medical and therapeutic practices to control serious mental illnesses. Despite ongoing attacks from anti-psychiatry groups, Natasha’s message remains strong, “Bipolar is abnormal. Mental illness is abnormal. That’s what makes it an illness.”
And if that weren’t enough, I have another great review coming from Andy “Electroboy” Behrman, too.
I hope you will consider buying this book and sharing it with your loved ones. I believe this book can be a door that opens up the conversations that we all really need to have.
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