|From CBC Books|
But, more importantly, she candidly talked about what it's all like. The depression made it so she could barely get out of bed to care for her children. And then there's this sweet spot in the manic phase that made her energetic and capable and confident. If she could only stay there forever. But it would soon be eclipsed by full-blown mania in which she had so many great ideas, but she couldn't do any of them, because the next one coming kept interrupting. She couldn't keep one train of though for more than an instant. She intended to go to Montreal for the day, and ended up in Cairo (if I remember correctly), because she just had to do some walking there. It was a huge loss of days and months that were fruitless and scrambled until she got the help she needed. And at one point her family couldn't help. While in a psychotic state, she was dragged off the street by police.
Finally, she got to the importance of talking about it all. We need to share the journey with others shamelessly. She acknowledges, "You will be stigmatized," but we have to do it anyway. It's the only way to get help, to heal, and to end the stigma.