Hoping for a Happy Ending: A Journalist's Story of Depression, Bipolar and Alcoholism

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Foxhole prayers, antidepressants and a trip to the junkyard with a baseball bat helped celebrated journalist Christine Stapleton get a grip on her mental illnesses. In this collection of her award-winning columns Christine shares her thoughts, experiences and opinions on mental illness - from erotic dreams about George Clooney to dark plots of suicide-by-Prius fumes. Her columns have been praised for their simplicity, candor and humor and are published regularly in newspapers and websites around the world.

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Christine is an engaging storyteller - at one moment her words brought tears to my eyes, and in the next, I found myself chuckling at her ability to find humor in the most painful of emotional situations.

More than a memoir, Hoping for a happy ending: A journalist's story of depression, bipolar and alcoholism explores current events, policy issues and archaic attitudes about these taboo illnesses. Nothing is off limits: Waking up after her own suicide attempts, outing herself at the office and self-medicating with drugs and booze. Her commentary is rooted in her passion for investigative journalism, enabling her to tackle such timely topics as suicide in the military, insurance parity and media coverage of celebrities' mental illnesses.

This collection of Christine's groundbreaking column, Kicking Depression, evolved from her own battle with mental illness and covers a wide range of topics frequently ignored by mainstream media. These columns, published weekly in the Palm Beach Post and distributed by Cox News Service and the New York Times Syndicate, regularly appear in newspapers throughout North America and on numerous websites, including the corporate sites of Apria Health Care and Merck & Co.

"Christine is an engaging storyteller - at one moment her words brought tears to my eyes, and in the next, I found myself chuckling at her ability to find humor in the most painful of emotional situations," said John Grohol, founder of PsychCentral.com "Anybody who's grappled with depression will benefit from reading her story as she takes you on a journey through her deepest, darkest moments, her education about depression, and all the steps she's taken toward recovery."

Written especially for the sick and suffering, each column focuses on a single topic. "When I was in my black hole I could barely focus long enough to finish a sentence," Christine said about her writing style. "Simple words and short sentences were all I could handle."

Also a gifted speaker, Christine often appears before mental health organizations and is available for interviews, podcasts and panel discussions.

About the Author
Christine Stapleton has been a staff writer for The Palm Beach Post since 1986. She distinguished herself as the paper's court reporter for 12 years, covering such notable trials as the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She was among the lead reporters in the paper's coverage of the November 2000 presidential ballot recount and currently specializes in computer-assisted investigative reporting. Among her many honors are two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and the Mental Health America Media Award. She is a senior fellow of the Knight Foundation and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including City Confidential, Inside Edition, CNN and the BBC.

Now available from AuthorHouse, Hoping for a happy ending: A journalist's story of depression, bipolar and alcoholism is available in paperback, hardcover and E-book at fine web book retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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