The Other Side of Bipolar: Revealing Your Strengths to Move Beyond the Diagnosis
Published Fall 2016.
Meet Lauren Polly. At age 14 she was diagnosed as bipolar after a suicide attempt. For the next two decades, she rode the storm of “mental illness,” filled with highs and lows and numbed-out states.
The Other Side of Bipolar movingly portrays this young woman’s journey from her teen years through her early adult years, constantly thinking she is a flawed human being. With beautiful poetic writing, she describes how she went to school, took dance lessons, got into college, fell in and then out of love, and pursued a Master’s degree, all the while hearing voices and being demonized with visions. From therapist to therapist, she struggled with living in the real world, taking as many as 15 pills a day.
It wasn’t until her 30’s when she discovered a new perspective on her diagnosis that she was able to change her own life. She stopped trying to be normal and fit in. She started to discover more of her innate gifts that had been misunderstood and misdiagnosed.
Like Girl, Interrupted, Lauren Polly’s The Other Side of Bipolar invites us to look at our definitions of mental illness and consider another possibility: what if instead of a wrongness, these symptoms point to capacities that are not yet fully understood? What if being ‘mentally ill’ is a sign that you have intelligences that others do not understand?
The Other Side of Bipolar is for anyone who has been diagnosed, labeled or felt different and wrong in this world. Lauren’s story will captivate readers and show them a path to finding peace and joy with being different. And ultimately how to utilize that difference to shift from surviving in this world to thriving at creating it.
“This book will give hope to those that feel hopeless and show a light in the dark of the difficulties that different is and how it is made wrong. Hope does exist.” —Gary Douglass, Bestselling author of The Place
“Lauren Polly leverages her triumphs, trials and life experience to show the reader how to create life on their own terms. A truly inspiring story with a revolutionary outlook on mental illness.” —Jim Britt & Jim Lutes, Best Selling Authors and Creators of The Change Book Series
“The kind of book you read in one sitting because the words are so compelling and the heroine someone you simply must see find her way.” —Blossom Benedict, International Speaker
“It’s not often that a book filled with such helpful tools and guidance reads like page turning poetic fiction. If you have ever felt lost, The Other Side of Bipolar is truly in a “must read” genre of its own.” —Dr Dain Heer, Best Selling Author of Being You, Changing the World
“Being diagnosed with a mental disorder can be devastating and crush a person’s sense of self-worth. Lauren’s raw and vulnerable tale of her own journey through the tortured world of mental illness inspires the reader to consider the possibility that what we’ve been labeling as disabilities may in fact be brilliant capacities unacknowledged. Lauren’s triumph over her diagnosis challenges the current medical paradigm and is truly an invitation to a different reality with mental illness.” —Adriana Popescu, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist
“Lauren Polly´s book is a great contribution to what our world truly could be, if people know what gift they truly are and start enjoying their difference. Lauren Polly is gracefully shedding light on mental illness and what could be created beyond it. She uses her personal experience and shows the reader a different possibility.” — Susanna Mittermaier, clin. psychologist, Best-selling author, Founder of Pragmatic Psychology
Lauren Polly, MEd., CF, TTTE CF, is a catalyst for people who are living their life on autopilot. Through her cutting edge classes and 1:1 coaching, she’s here to shake up your approach to life so you get out of the wrongness of you and discover the possibilities of you.
A Certified Access Consciousness® Facilitator, Certified Talk to the Entities® Facilitator, ASHA Certified Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Registered Yoga Instructor, Lauren has shown thousands of people around the world how to engage boldly with themselves, their body and the world, so they create the life they desire.
I was diagnosed with bipolar when I was fourteen, after a suicide attempt.
What followed was sixteen years of being drugged, disempowered, and made wrong by others and myself.
I was in constant fear that I would be put away in a mental institution. I exhausted myself trying to be normal so I could fit in with a world that told me I was crazy. I watched my family struggle to find ways to help me.
I was on multiple medications for six years before a doctor even mentioned the roles that stress management, diet, exercise and self-awareness could play in my recovery.
I weaned myself off fourteen pills a day (my all-time high: no pun intended) down to nothing with the support of some very forward-thinking doctors and self-help techniques.
It was another three years after getting off all the meds before I gained a radical and unique perspective on my diagnosis: rather than judging myself as wrong I began to see my ‘disabilities’ as gifts and capacities that had been misunderstood.
Discovering this new perspective changed my life. I stopped making myself wrong, constantly editing myself, and trying to be ‘normal’ so I could fit in. I started exploring and accessing more of my innate gifts that allow me to be more fully who I am while contributing to the world in joyful and satisfying ways.
If you have been recently diagnosed, or have lived with a diagnosis for most of your life, or have always felt different—as though you don’t fit in anywhere—I wrote this book for you.
If you’re anything like I was, you have judged yourself, made yourself wrong, and struggled to make sense of what it means to be “bipolar” or to have “PTSD” or “name that diagnosis.”
And, also like me, you’ve sensed another perspective beyond what the medical system knows. You just haven’t found it, yet.
This book tells my story of The Other Side of Bipolar and moving beyond a diagnosis. I share my journey with you to show you another possibility beyond the wrongness of your diagnosis, so that you, too, can explore your ‘disability’ as a gift, and discover the magic and beauty of who you truly are.