If we want to look our enemy in the eye, we needn't look any further than the mirror. Our ego beguiles us, puffing us up, and our fears taunt us, pulling us down, and in some ways we really are our own worst enemy. But a line gets crossed when our delusions scramble our measure of what is real and what is fantasy. For those who suffer from bipolar disorder, this disconnect can drive them to despair, fuelled by manic accomplishment, at one end of the spectrum, and debilitating depression, at the other. Allan Cooper's first manic episode, at twenty-five, robbed him of a promising career and set his life on a course he could not have imagined. But all was not lost. Fighting his way back to life, Allan discovered new dreams and a new reason for living. This is his story of resilience.
Allan's blog and podcast:
Contacting Allan (through me):
For further information and support:
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: https://www.dbsalliance.org/
CREST BD (The Collaborative RESearch Team), offering studies and resources regarding Bipolar Disorder: http://www.crestbd.ca/
International Bipolar Foundation: https://ibpf.org/