The Other Side of Me
memoir of a bipolar mind
In this unforgettable memoir, first-time author Julie Kraft takes readers on an intimate journey through her struggles and triumphs with bipolar disorder. No stone is left unturned. In baring her skeletons and soul, Julie offers a rare glimpse into a world that affects millions but is often misrepresented, feared, or hidden. It is Julie's greatest hope that in sharing her story she will open minds, shatter stigma, and offer help to those walking a similar path.
"I despised the idea of seeing a doctor. Hated the thought of letting someone from the outside world into mine, allowing a stranger to see my weakness. I kept this part of me hidden from everyone except those closest to me - the people I was convinced would never "out" me, betray me, or leave me. I kept everything hidden behind closed doors. Until now. "
- THE OTHER SIDE OF ME
"Julie Kraft writes an inspiring, witty, and very genuine account of her lifelong struggles with depression and anxiety and her ultimate diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This memoir really shows how having a mental illness diagnosis does not define a person and how one can lead a fulfilling and productive life while learning to manage a chronic health concern. We need more personal accounts like this to help dispel the persistent stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illnesses. As someone who has been a mental health practitioner for many years, I found Julie's account very honest and real. I believe many people can find hope and inspiration from her words. Highly recommended."
- David Susman PhD