By Rahla Xenopoulos
In 1992, Rahla Xenopoulos used to be clinically determined with bipolar disease. regardless of the devastating prognosis, she sought schooling on her ailment. even though she discovered an abundance of literature on a variety of psychological health problems, none of it appeared appropriate to her. this example encouraged her to jot down a booklet chronicling her ongoing efforts to come back to phrases with a ailment that's, in impact, a lifestyles sentence. The publication recounts her upbringing in an eccentric, loving Jewish family members, her fight with bulimia, anorexia and self-mutilation, her makes an attempt at suicide, discovering real love and, ultimately, the 'crazy, completely unpredictable adventure of giving start to triplets'. this is often neither a self-help publication nor a medical consultant. studying this ebook won't remedy someone; bipolar sickness is a protracted affliction. however it did aid Rahla – because it will numerous others – 'to comprehend the rhythm within the cacophony of this condition'.
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After the long night of baking, I flew high and got dumped low. I went to insane places, but I never lived in this world. A few doctors tried to help. When I was manic, I wouldn’t eat or sleep, and so, at the age of twenty-three, a doctor diagnosed me with anorexia. Two years later, reluctantly crawling through the aftermath of mania and falling into its ensuing depression, I found myself hankering after the hollow high of mania. The next doctor diagnosed bulimia. Even with the best intentions in the world, no one could establish what was wrong with me.
How to do this has always confounded me, because there’s no balance in the known world. Not in its seasons or geography, or even in our very bodies with their strange biorhythms and propensity for growth. Life doesn’t meander along on a well-balanced, staid path. For the best and the boldest of us, it’s a hell of an unpredictable ride. This is in no way an apology for the structure, or lack thereof, in my life, but the truth is, as much as I’d like to have written a neat, concise story, with a beginning, a middle and an end, well, my life just hasn’t afforded me one.
My grandparents lived in Port Elizabeth, a drowsy seaside town infamous for its windiness but famous for the friendliness of its inhabitants. It was in that windy city that Daddy first met Livicky. At thirty-six, he was something of a confirmed bachelor, an almost pathologically bookish scholar, having pursued his studies for thirteen years. He’d grown up in Johannesburg, the metropolitan capital of South Africa, where his father had made his money in the unrefined business of motor spares. In Livicky’s family of intellectuals, wealth was considered somewhat vulgar, a thing to be discreet, if not ashamed, about.
A Memoir of Love and Madness. Living with Bipolar Disorder by Rahla Xenopoulos