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Extreme changes in mood, behavior, thought and energy mark Bipolar 1 Disorder.   Left untreated, this disease can destroy lives – as many as 20 percent of patients with bipolar disorder complete suicide. The good news is bipolar disorder CAN be treated (National Institutes of Health).

In this memoir, author Donald Rodriguez, with the help of his mother Penelope, shares his experience living with Bipolar 1 Disorder.  Donald takes readers on a rollercoaster ride that incudes a midnight trek to the top of an icy mountain in Alaska in the dead of winter and to a dark place where Donald considers suicide.  Readers learn how Donald finally achieves mood stability, or his homeostasis. His story seeks to inspire readers and their families who also may have some form of this disorder.

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Donald Rodriguez, Penelope Rodriguez