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In 'Rock Steady,' Ellen Forney Combines Mental Health Advice, Artistry and Wit

Following up on her instant-classic Marbles — about her experiences with bipolar disorder — cartoonist Forney lays out her coping strategies in warm, deftly-rendered and densely informative style.
"Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life" by Ellen Forney Source: Eslah Attar

Ellen Forney has a new book out, and the fact that it's about mood disorders is just gravy. Maybe that sentence needs some explaining — starting with the "mood disorders" part. If you suffer from some form of depression or bipolar disorder, you've probably noticed a divide that exists amongst books on the subject. On the one side are probing, literary accounts of what it's like to experience these illnesses — William Styron's , Kay Redfield Jamison's . On the other side are books about coping. The latter, however comprehensive and necessary, tend to lack poetry (one exception is Andrew Solomon's ). To do them justice, it's hard to be poetic about communicating effectively with medical professionals, taking pills on schedule and getting enough sleep.

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