Win The Battle
The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula
Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Author: Bob Olson with
Publisher: Chandler House
Win the Battle is a short,
large print book especially designed for the manic (who can't sit still
long enough to read) and for the depressed (who read slowly with little
Bob Olson gets his message
across in his personal story of his battle with Bipolar Disorder and the
three steps he discovered to achieve wellness. Since 1994 Bob Olson
has been well, and explains to the reader how it was possible for him and
how it is possible for them as well.
Partially informational, and
partially motivational and inspirational, Win the Battle is a story
of overcoming adversity and getting on with life. For five years
Bob suffered with all the terrors of Bipolar Disorder. Medication
after Medication presented hope, then failure. 21 ECT treatments
did nothing to stop the relentless course of the illness until five years
into the illness a medication was found that offered him relief for the
chemical disorder that had bound him for five years.
Throughout, Bob Olson was one
of the lucky ones. He had the loving support of his wife Melissa
and after trying three doctors he found the caring and understanding of
a psychiatrist always willing to listen, discuss and understand Bob's thoughts
Bob writes a compelling tale
from personal experience, easily recognizable by those who have Bipolar
Disorder and their families. Read about his proven 3 step formula,
belief, action and persistence. Learn how you too can achieve wellness.
In the book are special chapters,
one written by Melissa Olson, about coping with the disorder in a family
member where she reiterates that regardless of the symptoms and signs of
the illness, you must detach and understand they are not your fault.
Another chapter is a message to doctors, timely and well written.
Another deals with Suicide, a subject known intimately to many with this
I enjoyed reading this story
immensely. As a diagnosed bipolar for twenty years I have always
been interested in others like myself who have fought the battle and the
solutions they have found. I must admit to a small amount of skepticism
here though. Though I wish all the best for the Olson's and pray
for Bob's continued well being, I also went through a "bipolar honeymoon"
that lasted close to eight years before returning with a vengeance.
Win the Battle is a book well
worth reading. Much of the hope it offers will help even when chemistry
does not permit a lengthy freedom from symptoms.