AUGUST 6 Speaker
Coping with Bi-Polar Disorder in Yourself and Others
When Jane Thompson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she went to the Dallas library, and discovered there was exactly one book on the disorder, and the symptoms did not sound like hers. This was 1982, so there was no Internet.
It took years for her to find the right meds that enabled her to live and work normally. She again looked for books, and was finally able to find some and educate herself.
She looked for work and found jobs she could hold. Finally, she found a job as a writer-researcher, and from there found her dream job–as a writer. She applied for and got it, holding it for seven years.
“Just when I was convinced I would retire from there, I developed an allergy to the med the doctor at Parkland had given me and had to go off it immediately. I was a person with bipolar disorder and no medication. This led, inevitability, to unemployment. I wanted to write my own memoir about bipolar disorder to help others like me. This led to Sugar and Salt and to four other books and my joining the SGWL.”
Georgetown Public Library.