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Reviews Elsewhere – The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

I wouldn’t have thought a book about Bipolar would lend itself to a picture book, but at least in the opinion of Ashley, it works:

This book does a great job of simplifying what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder while still staying true to the reality of the illness. The illustrations are well done, and the message is clearly conveyed without using any unnecessary words. I liked the choice of Bat as the main character; it’s cute and helps to avoid readers bringing preconceived ideas about what a person with bipolar is like.

I think this book would be a useful way to convey to friends and family what bipolar really is (or depression, for that matter). At 41 pages, it’s a quick read with a really good message.

I find that worthy of sharing because, let’s face it, most of us have no idea what living with Bipolar is like, so if there’s a resource like a 41-page picture book than can get us started toward understanding even just a little bit, maybe more people should know about that. I’m not going to say it’ll be a full education on the topic, especially since I haven’t read it myself, but a simple tool to help point people in the direction of understanding and maybe looking to learn more? Yeah, I can get behind that.

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