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My Life with MS, Bipolar and Brain Injury: Living in the Moment

My Life with MS, Bipolar and Brain Injury: Living in the Moment
 

This is the remarkable story of Charlie Bacchus who was diagnosed with a severe case of viral encephalitis and later with multiple sclerosis and bipolar. This moving, funny, sometimes explicit book charts his life, including recollections of his childhood, the acceptance of his d... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781138331235
Barcode 9781138331235
Release Date 14 November 2019 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Bacchus, Charlie
By Beau, Marie
Series After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories
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ISBN-13 9781138331235
ISBN-10 1138331236
Stock Release date is 14 November 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Release Date 14 November 2019
International Release Date 13 November 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Bacchus, Charlie
By Beau, Marie
Series After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories
Category Physiological & Neuro-Psychology
Mental Health Services
Psychotherapy
Psychiatric Nursing
Speech & Language Disorders & Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Number of Pages 216
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

This is the remarkable story of Charlie Bacchus who was diagnosed with a severe case of viral encephalitis and later with multiple sclerosis and bipolar. This moving, funny, sometimes explicit book charts his life, including recollections of his childhood, the acceptance of his diagnoses and his determination to carry on living to the full. This book highlights many themes such as the loss of independence and the challenges of hidden disabilities and visible differences. Although the line between fantasy and reality is not always clear, Charlie's loving personality and hypomania allow him to maintain supportive connections and adapt to his situation. Charlie's account provides support for patients who have brain injury and their families. This will be of great interest to professionals working in neurology including occupational therapists, social workers and rehabilitation practitioners.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is an honest, sometimes brutally honest, account of Charlie Bacchus' experience of coping with MS and Bipolar Disorder. It is sometimes an uncomfortable read, sometimes hard to discern reality from fantasy, but always deeply personal, often funny, documenting exquisitely how the unconditional love of family and friends is so critical for survival in the face of a condition that robbed Charlie Bacchus of the future he anticipated. MS, and bipolar disorder, are often described as like being on a roller coaster ride. Charlie Bacchus appears to have been on a monster of a ride, but with the love and honesty of family and friends, an absolute determination to accept who he is, and the opportunity to reflect deeply while writing this book, perhaps he is taming the two-headed monster that is MS and Bipolar Disorder. - Prof Jonathan Evans, Professor of Applied Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow. Inflicted by MS and bipolar disorder, Charlie tells the tale of living 25 years with these disorders, and how it affected his relationships, friends and family. With wonderful verve, we see him move from enthusiastic footballer and adventurous young rebel to facing the prospect of decline. This book will be of great interest to carers and patients alike. - Michael Kopelman, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry, King's College London, UK. This book provides an energetic and unfiltered perspective on life with a progressive neurological condition. Though the story is unique, its themes are of broad relevance: the importance of continuity in sense of identity (including sexual identity, which features conspicuously here), the appeal of storytelling in adapting to disability, the value of long-term relationships with coordinated health services, and above all the power of family resilience in living well with a neurological condition. I don't think you'll find another memoir quite like it, and recommend you have a read. - Jessica Fish, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, USA.

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Author's Bio

Charlie was first diagnosed with encephalitis, then Multiple Sclerosis and Bipolar. He was an excellent footballer and believed in his career as a professional- when he realized he couldn't kick a ball anymore. Art and living life to the full became his passion. Mab came to London to set up the French Music Office at the French Embassy. When she met Charlie, she was training to go back to psychology, her first vocation. Her private consultation as a French counselling psychologist is now thriving.

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