The Heavy Volume of Aliens

What my book is about


''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 
Transpersonal Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
Supervised by Jill Praisner, LPC-S
Austin Counseling Center
1000 Westbank Drive, Suite 6-250
Austin, TX 78746