To date (May 9, 2016) I have 26 reviews of my book Bipolar 1 Disorder – How to Survive and Thrive on Amazon.
I love all of them and try to leave a comment to each person who took the time to write one underneath the review.
What Readers are Saying About the Book
If you are on the fence whether the book may be of interest of the information of value to you, the opinions expressed by readers and copied below from the Amazon sales page may sway you in favor of checking out the book.
Review #1 by beatgrrl – 5 star review.
Heading: An engaging and insightful look into what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder.
An engaging, thoughtful inside look at what it’s like to suffer from bipolar disorder. Molly McHugh tackles the subject with humor and insight, and gives readers a personal look at what it’s like to cope with this lifelong disorder. Scientific and medical information is also presented in a manner that is easy to understand and interesting to read. It contains lots of practical knowledge and includes the things that have worked for her.
I think this book would be helpful to not only those with bipolar disorder, but friends and family as well. Ms. McHugh vividly portrays the pain and despair of the illness but also lets the reader know that there IS hope for a stable, happy life.
Review #2 by Dyane Leshin Harwood – 5 star rating.
Heading: INSPIRING and HELPFUL to anyone affected by bipolar disorder!!!
What an achievement! Molly McHugh has a wealth of experience to share, and a unique point of view that sets this memoir apart from the other bipolar-themed works due to her nursing school training, her life in Mexico and much, much more.
Molly bares her soul throughout the book with a refreshing, down-to-earth tone, and as a result the reader is drawn in to learn about the positive outcome of her life. “Bipolar 1 Disorder: How to Survive and Thrive” book will surely help others who live with the mood disorder.
Review #3 by Jennifer Davis – 5 star rating.
Heading: Truly eye opening.
My father is a psychologist, and I’ve had friends that at least self diagnosed themselves as bipolar, but I never had any idea what it felt like. The first several chapters really go into the author’s first manic cycle, and it really clicked. I understand what it must be like on an entirely new, deeper level. Truly eye opening.
The later chapters go into the author’s tips for self care, some medication, some lifestyle and some nutritional. Really helpful stuff.
Review #4 by Carl Walker – 5 star rating.
Heading: EASY TO READ AND I THINK IT WILL BE HELPFUL.
A VERY WELL WRITEN AND CONSICE BOOK THAT KEPT MY INTEREST UNTIL THE END . EASY TO READ AND I THINK IT WILL BE HELPFUL TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM BIPOLAR AS WELL AS PEOPLE CLOSE TO THEM OR JUST ANYONE THAT WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER. HIGHLY RECOMENED READING!
Review #5 by REH – 5 star rating.
Heading: Candid Look at a Much Misunderstood Illness.
The author of this book, Molly McHugh, shares her lifetime experience of living with bipolar disorder. The book describes what she goes through when in the highs and lows of the illness and how she’s felt about herself as a result of those times.
There are plenty of more holistic treatments that the author shares here, some successful-some not. I appreciated her candor, it cannot have been easy to write about yet she kept it positive. A good read!
Review #6 by Lisa Brams – 5 star rating.
Heading: Eye of the Beholder.
Molly McHugh wrote a very poignant impression of what bipolar 1 goes through. I admire her honesty and forthright nature exhibited in this book.
It is difficult for a bipolar 1 to believe there is a chance of survival without meds! I personally want that, so kudos to you! Shows that you really need to get to know yourself and your triggers, well enough to avoid or ride through it as best you can. Either way is ok. That is how I feel this book is speaking to me.
I think Molly does a wonderful job opening her personal stories up for us. And there is plenty to learn there. Bipolar 1 is a tough road to navigate and Molly has done an excellent job guiding us through them. Thanks for sharing Molly. Hope to see more from you soon.
Review #7 by Kelli Skorman, M.D. – 5 star rating.
Heading: Pure Excellence!!!!
Molly McHugh has gone above and beyond to portray an honest view of what it is like to live with Bipolar Personality Disorder. Her candid display of the ups and downs of this disorder allow the reader to truly experience the symptoms and effects of living with this disorder.
I would highly recommend, anyone wishing to have a clear explanation of bipolar disorder, to read this book.
Review #8 by Christine F. Anderson – 5 star rating.
Heading: A Refreshing Must Read.
Molly has done a phenomenal job of making a very complex illness simple. Her clear and concise descriptions of the different phases, moods and manifestations of the illness are dead on accurate.
I have read so many accounts that romanticize and even glorify the illness. It’s nice to have someone who has been there and understands and can sympathize and so eloquently put in to words s that others can learn is a huge achievement. Bravo and thank you.
Review #9 by Stella Marie Alden – 5 star rating.
Heading: HAVE HOPE AND READ!
Molly McHugh describes her courageous journey of living with Bipolor Disorder with charm, grace, intelligence, and wit. I say living with, because that is what she has done. She has not just survived but found a sense of purpose.
Her suggestions are based on thoughtful observations, and much personal research. Traditional medicine would have her locked up and on heavy medication, but she has fought to find a better way. There is no cure, but there are ways to reduce toxins that can bring the effects of the disease to within toleration.
I loved her personal voice, and her gentle guidance. This is a book of love to those who need it most. Even those who fight with less debilitating forms of depression will feel heartened by it. Read it for yourself and for those you care about. The few hours spent may change your perspective and your life.
Thank you Molly, for sharing! You are a true treasure!
Review #10 by Sandra Kennedy – 5 star review.
Heading: An excellent book filled with insights, information and personal experiences.
Molly McHugh’s book, “Bipolare 1 Disorder – How to Survive and Thrive” is an excellent book. It is written with insight and personal understanding of the difficulties and hope for those experiencing Bipolar 1. She provides vital information about the distinction between Bipolar 1 and 2.
Her courage in sharing about her own life, provides the realities of living with this disorder. She shares creative ideas of ways to thrive with alternative therapies. However, she does not claim to be a professional. Her book is real and gutsy. In addition, she explores the bias which she and others have experienced, personally and professionally.
This book is hopeful with ways to thrive. Molly has added a section on “Depression” in her new book. I have the highest respect for Molly and those suffering disorders, of which they had no choice. Their struggles seem overwhelming, which can lead to suicide.
Compassion,acceptance, love and support are crucial from loved ones. Thank you, Molly, for having the courage to write this book.
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