“Some individuals only take prescription medications and expect them to completely solve their problems. The medicine itself is not the problem. The problem is that we expect medicine alone to do the work without the help of other components of an integrated program.”
Let me tell you a bit more about Tom Wootton. He
has spent much of his life alternating between bipolar mania and depression. He’s lived through all the terror and despair these illnesses can unleash but now sees mania and depression in a totally different way than most bipolar and depressed people do. He regards them not simply as symptoms to be gotten rid of but as intense experiences that we can learn to live with.
He feels we can expand our depressive experiences to include even extremes without moving into crisis mode – for a window of time in which we can use powerful tools to diminish the depression, including an increase of medication if needed before we spiral into crisis. Tom has been able to find a richness and expanded awareness of life from going through various degrees of depression and mania.
He is the President of Bipolar Advantage and the author of The Bipolar Advantage and The Depression Advantage in both book and video, and Bipolar In Order in book, video, audio book, and eBook. He developed new concepts that he integrated into the first Bipolar In Order workshops in 2002. Since that time he has developed a series of workshops dealing with depression and bipolar. He has been considered a leading consumer advocate and speaker and has been giving talks to consumer groups, mental health leaders, and doctors. He is giving keynote speeches to conferences nationwide on mental health. He also is developing a Bipolar In Order Suite of on-line education courses that you can access on www.bipolaredu.com. I have completed most of these series of courses and it has helped me immensely to keep triumphing over depression.