This Fragile Life: A Mother's Story of a Bipolar Son

This Fragile Life A Mother s Story of a Bipolar Son Charlotte Pierce Baker did everything right when raising her son providing not only emotional support but the best education possible At age twenty five he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and see

Charlotte Pierce Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not only emotional support but the best education possible At age twenty five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and seemingly in control of his life She never imagined her high achieving son would wind up handcuffed, dirty, and in jail The moving story of an African American famCharlotte Pierce Baker did everything right when raising her son, providing not only emotional support but the best education possible At age twenty five, he was pursuing a postgraduate degree and seemingly in control of his life She never imagined her high achieving son would wind up handcuffed, dirty, and in jail The moving story of an African American family facing the challenge of bipolar disorder, This Fragile Life provides insight into mental disorders as well as family dynamics Pierce Baker traces the evolution of her son s illness and, in looking back, realizes she mistook warning signs for typical child and teen behavior Hospitalizations, calls in the night, alcohol and drug relapses, pleas for money, and continuous disputes, her son s journey was long, arduous, and almost fatal This Fragile Life weaves a fascinating story of mental illness, race, family, the drive of African Americans to succeed, and a mother s love for her son.

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  1. Magnificent It must have been so difficult to share such an intimate story Does anyone know how the Baker family is doing now


  2. I was drawn into this book from the beginning when the author, Charlotte Pierce Baker, described her son, Mark, as a bright, precocious and loving child and then describes some gradual changes in his personality starting in high school and getting a little worse until finally after he entered graduate school he was in a full blown manic episode Then the stunning realization that her son had a mental illness It really hit home for me and I could relate to the mother s situation and the effect men [...]


  3. A Message of HopeI cannot possibly describe how helpful this book has been to me I am so greatful that Charlotte Pierce Baker and her son Mark found the strength and the courage to describe their difficut journey from diagnosis to day to day management of Mark s illness I liked author s narrative calm yet full of empathy She does not dwell on the horrors of manic depression, nor is she overwhelmed by the loss of the person Mark once was, but she bravely takes this challenge one day at a time It [...]


  4. This book was a quick read for me I related to many of the things that the parents feared and went through I recognize that I am only at the beginning of a lifelong journey I realize I am probably still very very naive I am ever hopeful that my child will be a success story I loved the poetry, written by the author s bipolar son, which was part of her book, because, of course poetry can speak to me and it is often my own way of putting into words my emotions Her book makes me feel like I should [...]


  5. I won a copy of this book in a giveaway Having worked in the mental health community for a number of years, I thought this author did an excellent job of describing life with a loved one suffering from bipolar disorder Her words were candid and empathic I think her resilience through the ups and downs of her son s disorder will serve as encouragement for others going through similar struggles.


  6. Very good memoir about what it s like to parent an adult child with Bipolar Disorder This Fragile Life is an excellent reminder that mental illness exists in all socioeconomic categories The Bakers are an upper middle class family both parents are professors and their son Mark graduated from University of Pennsylvania prior to becoming significantly symptomatic This Fragile Life depicts their struggles from a mother s perspective An interesting but very sad book.


  7. This book reminded me of a friend who called me in the middle of the night in jail and in need of help He had his first episode and didnt know what was happening to him He went through several years of doctors and medications Along with some self medication Today, 20 years later he is a married father of 4 and still a great friend We have made some strides in mental health but still need help in acceptance, awareness, and support.


  8. This book fill a gap in memoirs relating to mental illness and the family, as the individual who is ill is an African American man which is a high risk group when it comes to encounters with the police and criminal justice system Though a mother s memoir, it also includes poetry written by her son at different points in his journey Worth a read


  9. Gives one a clear understanding of the limitations parents of adult children with mental illness experience The author dealt with the stresses on her marriage resulting from their son s illness honestly and gently.


  10. A solid book, with strongly referenced information The author describes the struggles of her ill son and what it is like trying to manage severe bipolar disorder when you actually have the financial resources to obtain decent care.


  11. I enjoyed this book It was shocking to read about a kid who was normal into his twenties and then had mental illness strike.


  12. I am speechless I had a hard time reading this book I can say no A must read for anyone who knows anyone with bipolar disorder.








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