''The heavy volume of aliens'' is a guide in which I explain how the shift from being a psychiatric patient diagnosed with multiple diagnosis (main being bipolar disorder) to integrating my experiences and living a productive life on Earth was possible for me.
I do not suffer from a delusion that I have it all figured out and I have discovered an ultimate cure for the so called Bipolar disorder or Schizophrenia. I am just sharing my experience.
I started writing it when I was in a deep despair and I was looking for books which would guide me through the maze of my inner chaos. I didn't find one that would name all my inner conflicts and so decided I needed to write my own book.
The process of writing it helped me a great deal in integrating myself and so I thought maybe it could help someone too. I hope some of you read it and find it helpful.
''The Heavy Volume of Aliens is a wonderful and
heartfelt book that embraces difference. Author Anna
Lipska writes from experience. She herself has been
diagnosed with bipolar illness with psychotic features.
She was treated according to the medical model with
pharmaceuticals and told she had a lifelong condition.
Ms. Lipska eventually had the courage to question
diagnostic labeling and drug treatment. Instead of
living her life as a patient, she embarked on an inner
journey that embraced her difference while it also
helped to anchor her in reality. In addition, she became
a clinical psychologist in order to help others accept
their difference and transcend their difficulties. This
book is a guide for the many who live life on earth
feeling like aliens. It is very comprehensive and covers
areas that are glaringly absent from medical texts:
spirituality, creativity, self-care, relationships. Healing
comes in many forms and Ms. Lipska emphatically
writes of the pain people feel and the challenges they
confront. Most importantly, she gives hope and direction
toward the acceptance of difference and channeling
of the universal instinct for recognition and belonging.
I recommend this book to anyone who feels he or she
does not belong in this world. They will be pleasantly
surprised with an alternative perspective that can
guide them toward integration and peace of mind.''
Danielle Knafo, Ph.D.,
Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst,
Professor, Long Island University
Author, Living with Terror, Working with Trauma
I finished reading this book over a week ago and have already given it away to a client! Anna's voice is balanced, honest, raw and humble. She paints a realistic and also comical picture of "alien life" and the various expression's of it. One of the book's strongest features was how she clumped all the "alien expression's" together, which is very helpful in understanding the big picture of a mental crisis. She shies away from medical model language, terms and categories, but also doesn't demonize the categories either, which is refreshing. As an experiencer myself, and now as a clinician, I was underlining and annotating like crazy; I relate to much of what she has written. Bottom line? Her book was relatable and also provided structure (useful information that can be used immediately) to an often ambiguous, frightening, and intense experience. It will be a go-to book I recommend to my alien clients.
Lisa K. Wheeler, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
Supervised by Jill Praisner, LPC-S
Austin Counseling Center
1000 Westbank Drive, Suite 6-250
Austin, TX 78746
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