My Kind of Crazy: Living in a Bipolar World

My Kind of Crazy was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards in the Inspirational category. I am an expert on being crazy. My kind of crazy is known as bipolar disorder. Although my case is more severe than most, I am not alone. I am only one of 5.7 million adult Americans who suffer from a mental illness in a given year. This is a staggering statistic, and yet the stigma attached to mental illness persists. Those diagnosed with a mental illness suffer in silence due to the shame associated with it. There are many books that approach the subject from a clinical and/or psychoanalytical perspective. My book, however, focuses on the human experience of living with a mental illness. Being bipolar brings with it the very highs and lows of emotion, and my story is written in the same way. The journey on which I take the reader is not a depressing one. There is much humor to be found and many lessons to be learned after one is diagnosed as crazy. I bring the reader with me on the emotional rollercoaster that is my life. With my story, I hope to dismantle the shame and isolation that one with a similar illness might experience. In fact, I believe one must embrace his or her inner-craziness in order to heal, evolve, and move forward to help change the societal perception of mental illness. Not unlike diabetes, mental illness should be understood on a biochemical level, not be viewed as a character flaw. When the brain gets sick, it exhibits symptoms that need to be addressed and managed just like any other illness.

Shawn Lazarus

About Shawn Lazarus

Also known as, Tutt Lazarus 007, a damn fine person, friend and nobleman of the community, Ultimate Fighting Championship Contestant and Street General, member of the Save the GirlsZ Foundation, the man who controls the black market on baby seal pelts and a member of the “probably ya’ grand daddy's” foundation. Master of: Lazarus Enterprises Group, and other conglomerates and subsidiaries… Creator of an elite group of the fastest MINDZ the world have ever witnessed. Consider yourself blessed to read this blog. The above is not a joke and definitely not a play on his intellect. Please don’t take it negatively, he is a gentleman and global citizen.

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