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Writing Beyond Blue: Keeping My End of the Bargain

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

Beyond BlueLast week saw the publication date for my book, Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes, which means it is now in bookstores (theoretically anyway).

So I wanted to reflect on …

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Writing Beyond Blue: Keeping My End of the Bargain

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  1. And I thank you.

  2. Congratulations, Terese ~ a huge achievement and sure to be an important companion for other’s walk on this road. Deepest Thanks.

  3. I celebrate your life and am very happy your book is out finally.

  4. Congratulations, Therese, on the publication of your new book. It sounds amazing and I look forward to reading it.

    Your courage to write “Beyond Blue” will undoubtedly save the lives of many people who suffer from despair because it will offer the reader some hope – a beautiful gift.

  5. I want to vent. A friend has bipolar and when she took her meds she was great, then she starting decreasing one w/o doctor permission and started into mania. She loves her mania and will even write that in her blogs. She whines when depressed but forgets it is usually because she “forgot” to take her meds for a few days. She expects everyone to remember her birthday but remembers no one elses. I keep reading blogs from bipolar folks who complain they have no friends but it is because they are not friends back. I am the well meaning friend who probably said stupid things, but one too many time of being critized for it and I will stop trying to help as I am sure your friends did too. We are trying the best we can to be friends with you. My advice, please write a column that explains bipolar people depressed or not need to be kind, to give us a break if we say the wrong thing. And somehow remember to ask about us…it is not all onesided. Maybe during a mania preaddress all the birthday cards. I don’t know I just know I am done being the giver, I have feelings too. I would love to see advice given to the bipolar person on how they need to contribute to a friendship.

  6. Congrats Therese, I’m very happy for you in the triumph of publishing your book. I usually wait until I can get a book on sale or 2nd hand, but I think I’m gonna get yours full price and be glad to have it.

    I’ve been suffering since early childhood and I’m in my 50′s. I’m not bipolar; I’m dissociative, depressed and have PTSD. I just relate so strongly to ALL you said. I’m so sick and tired of being judged for my misery. I’ve put a LOT of effort into seeking wellness. My childhood was so horrid that I’m still working to get past it while I deal with mid-life and empty nest. There’s been so much rejection and judgment against me and much of it is from people who haven’t suffered 1/10th of what I have.

    You and I both know we have to keep working on our lives, but it would be SO much easier if people wouldn’t condemn us for what we never chose. I pray your book spreads like wildfire in the bookselling business – I’m sure it will help many struggling people and those folks who do try to support their recovery and survival. God Bless You.

  7. To Evelyn:
    My suggestion to you is that you learn a little bit more about what being bi-polar (Mentally ill) is really all about. They do not call Bi-polar a “Mental Illness” for no reason at all. My true FRIENDS…know that I have a severe mental illness. They are very aware of my problems even though I have said some really difficult things, and I have acted a lot worse. I have been amazed at the difference between real friends and close acquaintances. A real friend stands beside you not on top of you to judge you or behind you to talk about you, or even beneath you to build you up although real friends can build a person up considerably. My real friends are there with me no matter what I do, what I say, or how I feel, or whether I want them to be or not. It’s called the power to love another person unconditionally whether you get loved in return or not. Why am I saying this because it is just exactly that unconditional love of my true friends that taught me what being a friend was all about.
    If you want a good friend then teach your acquaintance how to be your friend by being one yourself. Mental illness is called mental illness because it affects your brain therefore, your thoughts, your actions, your emotions, your perspective, your life. If you choose to be that friend, then at some point in the future you will look back and see what a great friend you have and what a great accomplishment you have been a part of.

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