Author(s): Georgie Tutt
Caught Between Sunshine & Shadow is a collection of stories and poems written by people who have bipolar disorder and are managing their condition, being able to live fulfilled lives despite their diagnosis. The book includes the stories and poems of more than thirty New Zealanders – from teenagers to octogenarians, males and females from all walks of life, who have found the courage to speak out about their experiences in the hope that their stories will be a source of inspiration for others. The aim of this book is to provide hope for those people who might not be managing, or for their friends, partners and caregivers who want to support them along their journey to wellness. Approximately 1 per cent of the population has bipolar disorder, which usually occurs before a person reaches thirty years of age, though it can occur at any time in a person’s life. Getting an accurate diagnosis can sometimes take years. Some of you reading this may identify with the stories in this book, finding similarities to your own experiences. This may lead you to try other avenues of help that you had not thought of or known about.