An Insider’s View of Bipolar Disease
About the Book:
Do you wonder if you – or someone you love – could be suffering from bipolar disease?
Do you want some straightforward information on treatments?
Are you worried about how to handle the social stigma associated with this and other mental illnesses?
Answers to these and other questions can be found in this resource created by a doctor who has lived with bipolar disease since he was in medical school. He knows bipolar disease from the inside. Dr. Golden wants you to be informed and courageous and he wrote this book to help you on your journey.
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Can you tell us more about your book “An Insider’s View of Bipolar Disease”, what is it about?
This first book is a fact based and referenced book to educate the public, family members, high school and college students and first responders about affective disorders (major depression and bipolar disorders). I also use it as jumping off place for speaking to the above as well as mental health providers such as NAMI.
Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
From personal experience with Q&A when speaking, a large part of the audience are people with major depression disorder or bipolar disorder who want more information. I am no Dr. Phil. I do not give advice. I also get email from people who have gone to my website and want information about a family member who does not accept their problem, won’t go to a psychiatrist or who won’t stay on their meds.
Even when I have given copies to friends I am overwhelmed that uniformly they have friends or family members with the disorders and want to be educated. Another large target audience are police who encounter these folks in crisis and do not know any red flags. Too often our jails are surrogate psych facilities.
The tagline to the book is “How to Recognize the Symptoms, Understand the Treatments and Solve the Challenges to Life, Relationships and Career” do you think that this book would be useful to others who may not have experience of someone living with Bipolar Disease but something else?
Yes and there are brief chapters on schizophrenia and personality disorders to distinguish them from affective disorders.
Is “An Insider’s View of Bipolar Disease” the type of book you read once, and learn about the topic, or would you suggest that it could be used as a useful go to book, or when you if someone is a career and need a bit of encouragement?
It is meant as a reference source and a book to be passed onto others. There are chapters about career choices, applications, how much to reveal about yourself or when so that one can be strategic if life decisions.
Are there any other tools, books, activities or places to learn more for those who live with, have experience or want to know more about Bipolar Disease?
I emphasize heavily that folks with these disorders often are highly cognizant and high functioning. I particularly enjoy my chapter on famous writers, politicians, etc. who have/had these disorders and allude to a biography of each that I have read. For the more professional reader the references come from NAMI, AFSP, CDC, NIH, journals etc.
Alongside “An Insider’s View of Bipolar Disease” do you have any other books, or plans to write more?
I have already written a memoir, “Bipolar MD: A Doctor’s Memoir of Life with Bipolar Disorder”. The same publisher,
The Dudley Court Press, will be ready for release in August. It is a heftier book telling my story, how I was able to go through the rigors of training, practice a difficulty subspecialty for 39 years and is sprinkled with many anecdotes, some humorous, about cases I encountered in my specialty during training and my practice. For me and the reader it will be a more fun read. I am also redoing a Cold War novel I wrote over a period of five years MANY years ago.
Tell us more about you? What else do you do when you are not writing?
I have practiced medicine and nephrology in Modesto, CA for 33 years. Since then, in 2013, I wrote the two books. My main interest in nephrology was needle biopsy of kidneys to make diagnoses and the pre- and post-op care of kidney and kidney/pancreas transplants. My hobbies are bird watching, READING, black and white photography, family and to lesser extent travelling (been there, done that).
Can you tell us more about your background, what you have studied, worked as or found interesting in your life and career?
I grew up in Washington, D.C. as my father was in the government. We moved to N.Y.C. when I was in high school when he made a career change to defence contractors. I got my B.S. from Yale University and my M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. The Residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology were at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
What inspires you to write, are there people, authors, books or world events that encourage you to share your words?
I have always been a voracious reader of non-fiction more so than fiction so I love history and biographies. I read about two books a week. I have decided that my second career would be writing. Firstly I wanted to write and speak about these two books then go on from there. As far as people, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Ann Sexton, Victor Hugo, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh, Benjamin Franklin, T.E. Lawrence, William Randolf Hearst, Winston Church—their writings and their biographies have inspired me as they had affective disorders.
Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
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