- Booze: The Quiet Car in My Very Loud Brain (Chapter 3)
- No Really, I'm Not Making It Up: Depression Is a Brain Disease (Chapter 10)
- Sorry, Wrong Number: Codependency and Boundaries (Chapter 15)
Step 1: Find the right doctor - It was doctor number 7, from Johns Hopkins that was her winner.
Step 2: Find the right cocktail - It took her 23 different tries before she found relief in pharmaceuticals.
Step 3: Exercise - Cardio, cardio, cardio.
Step 4: Eat well - "Because some of us really are what we eat," she notices her mood drop after a day or two of toxic eating.
Step 5: Sleep! "... It's about putting your head on the same pillow, on the same bed, at the same time every night, and sleeping for the same amount of time."
Step 6: Light Up - Use light to supplement what's naturally available to you. This helps optimize your circadian rhythms.
Step 7: Reach Out! - Connect with a community of folks like yourself. She quotes Martin Buber, "When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them."
Step 8: Get Involved - "... Love must drive every sentence and blog post that I write, every decision and behavior throughout my day."
Step 9: Keep a Mood/Sleep/Gratitude Journal - Discover your own personal patterns. Get insight.
Step 10: Therapy and Lots of It - This mini-chapter alone serves as an incredible cheat sheet for finding the right therapeutic fit. There is no "one size fits all solution" to mental health, especially if you have a chronic disease such as bipolar.
Step 11: Pray and Meditate - Therese writes, "I yell at God a lot, too, and I consider my loud rants prayer because getting mad and communicating my frustration means that I'm in a real, organic relationship with my Higher Power."
Step 12: Fake It 'Til You Make It - "For at least 18 months, forty-five of my fifty minute therapy sessions went to acting lessons; how to feign a stable and functional person until I became one."
And come to think of it, isn't life about metamorphosis? It's an especially relevant theme for women who regenerate and respond to so many forces. I am all for brave teachers like Therese to lead us in their areas of expertise.