Read Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind Online Free - A riveting memoir and a fascinating investigation of the history, uses, and controversies behind lithium, an essential medication for millions of people struggling with bipolar disorder, stemming from Jaime Lowe's sensational 2015 article in The New York Times Magazine "'I Don't Believe in God, but I believe in Lithium': My 20-year struggle with bipolar disorder."
It began with an insomniac summer in Los Angeles in 1993, when Jaime Lowe was just 16. She stopped sleeping and eating, and began to hallucinate--Michael Jackson wearing masks, demonically cackling Muppets, and faces in windows. She wrote manifestos and math equations in her diary, and infographics on her wall. Eventually hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar, her prescribed medication was three pink pills -- lithium.
In Grand Delusions, Lowe shares her story of life-long episodic madness and the stability she found with lithium, as well as a journalistic exploration of the history and science of the mysterious element. She interviews scientists, psychiatrists, and patients to examine how effective lithium really is and how its side effects can be dangerous for long-term users. Lowe travels to the Bolivian salt mines that hold over half of the world's lithium reserves, as well as to rural America, where turn of the century lithium spas are still touted as a tonic to cure all ills.
At the heart of Grand Delusions is Lowe's personal story, detailing her experiences on and off lithium, and the mental health and personal struggles that have accompanied it. Most recently, the longterm effects of lithium have led to her kidney degradation. Now adjusting to new medication after 20 years of lithium, Lowe's pursuit of a stable life continues. Grand Delusions is eye-opening and powerful, tackling an illness and drug that has touched millions of lives and yet remains shrouded in social stigma. With unflinching honesty, Lowe allows us a clear-eyed view into her life, while also offering a compelling historical overview of one of mankind's oldest medical mysteries."
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September 24, 2017
Author Jaime Lowe candidly shares her true story of meeting the challenges of living with a serious mental illness (SMI). The amount of medication needed to function in a normal way, or like most people was really surprising. The pink pills on the debut cover of “Mental: Lithium, Love and Losing...
October 03, 2017
It seems that memoirs about dealing with mental illness are becoming proportionately as ubiquitous as the conditions themselves. Searching "mental health" in Amazon's biographies and memoirs category produces more than 5,000 results. At least anecdotally, such works coming into the mainstream see...
January 05, 2018
I feel like I’ve found a friend, or confidant, in Jaime. In the end she acknowledges how lucky she is to have her emotional & financial support system in place and just living in a time where diagnosis & treatment of mental illness is BELIEVED and pursued.
Although at times dry when discu...
January 09, 2018
You can also find this review on my book blog.
Whenever I stumble upon a mental health book I make sure to read it because to me mental health is the most important thing in one’s life. I try and read mental health books as often as I can and I hope this year will be filled with great m...
October 05, 2017
I first thought this book was written by the brassiest writer ever but then realized she was describing herself in a manic state of grandiosity. The book goes on to provide not only her story, but her decades-long search for a drug or system that will manage a bipolar high. In this way, it's like...
October 01, 2017
I tore through Jaime Lowe's autobiographical introduction to bipolar disorder. She tells her own story, beginning with an early manic episode and onward throughout the rollercoaster of coping with her mental illness. Some of her memories are gut wrenching and awful, some are a hallucinogenic drea...
October 06, 2017
Free from Penguin First to Read, but my thoughts are my own.
This book is a little rough in writing style and subject matter. The author, Jamie Lowe, is manic depressive, with an emphasis on the manic phase. When she is up, she feels special, magnetic, chosen, and paranoid. She resisted change, fa...
December 02, 2017
I enjoyed reading Lowe's story. She has struggled with bipolar disorder since she was a teen and this book chronicles her experiences with finding a medication that worked for her and her struggle once lithium started destroying her kidney function. It's sad and funny because she is so honest. Sh...
October 25, 2017
***Received a digital copy from First to Read for an honest review***
Now that I've established that, let's get to the good part. This was a fascinating read. I don't know anyone who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but this firsthand account from Jaime Lowe has definitely taught me a lot....
September 20, 2017
MENTAL: LITHIUM, LOVE, AND LOSING MY MIND is a memoir that deals with author's experiences with bipolar disorder and the use of lithium to treat it. While the first half is personal experiences of the author, the second half slows down as the author gets into more technical/scientific explanation...