Christiane Wells, MSW, publishes second book: “Magical Shrinking: Stumbling Through Bipolar Disorder”

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"Magical Shrinking'" is an autobiographical account of potential, despair, mental illness, and addiction. The book includes a creative coping mechanism developed by Wells as a child in which she's able to live in two worlds at the same time.

Christiane Wells, with her husband and son.

"I’m destroying my life. Few things bring me comfort. I need a reason to go on today."

Christiane Wells, MSW, has published her second book, "Magical Shrinking: Stumbling Through Bipolar Disorder," a personal account of her journey through severe mental illness and addiction. She learned how to manage bipolar disorder and has gone on to receive her master of social work degree. She is currently working on her doctorate in psychology. Her first book, "No Guarantees," was published by New Discovery Press in 1993 and describes overcoming addiction as a teenager.

It appeared Wells was destined for success until the symptoms of bipolar disorder became undeniable. Unable to free herself from depression, mania, and psychosis, at age 21 she was committed to a state psychiatric hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Following her first hospitalization, Wells sought comfort in a variety of illicit drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, methamphetamine, and others. During her twenties she was prescribed over 25 different psychiatric medications. She was hospitalized 10 times for bipolar disorder. For years, she tried to find success in college or the workplace, only to find she couldn't make it in the real world.

Years later, she married, had a child, and is trying to live a "normal" life. One factor contributing to her triumph is a curious phenomenon dubbed the “Alternate Universe,” a complex coping mechanism developed in childhood to deal with trauma. Throughout her life, Wells lived in two realities. She was fortunate to have family and other caring people to help her stabilize, overcome addiction, and find success.

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