by Maricela Estrada-Moreno
October 1-7 was Mental Illness Awareness Week, and today is World Mental Health Day. In honor of both of those we are reviewing Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder by Dyane Harwood. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an EBOOK copy of Birth of a New Brain, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.
Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder articulately written by Dyane Harwood is a touching memoir that portrays a woman’s struggle with Postpartum Bipolar Disorder and the courage that helps her find healing from mental illness.
Dyane’s diagnosis of Postpartum Bipolar Disorder was triggered by the birth of her second daughter in which she exhibited a hypomanic and manic episode. She experienced symptoms of hypographia, insomnia, and pressured speech.
Dyane Harwood graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Through her life she was able to manage being a successful student, living independently, and was able to establish various careers. She struggled finding the ideal romantic relationship and perfect career which only exacerbated her symptoms. However, she had the unconditional love of her family, friends, and dogs Tara and Shera.
Through turmoil, she sought mental health services and began taking medication. She realized that her Bipolar Disorder diagnosis was hereditary. Dyane’s father was living with bipolar disorder, and she witnessed his symptomology growing up. They always shared love and support with one another which gave her strength.
Dyane battled with depression and suicidal ideation. As a result, she was admitted to psychiatric hospitals multiple times. Dyane had a difficult time finding the right medication. She tried to taper off her medications and find other holistic ways to achieve wellness. However, her symptoms would arise causing much distress. She found hope when she began ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy).
“Birth of New Brain” is an amazing masterpiece that demonstrates that you can find healing even through the most difficult times in your life.
Dyane was married to her husband Craig, and he is very supportive. Her dog was her flower girl at her wedding, which made me smile. She has two wonderful daughters Avonlea and Marilla. She has a beautiful family. Dyane’s healing came through self-care, ECT, therapy, medication, family and friends support, her dogs, exercise, and holistic health. Dyane’s mantra is that, “Healing is an ongoing journey.” Dyane Harwood is a mental health advocate who began a DBSA (Bipolar Depression Support Alliance) chapter support group. Dyane Harwood’s triumphant journey unveils the Birth of a New Brain.
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To enter to win an EBOOK copy of Birth of a New Brain, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “brain,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 14, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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