By Rahla Xenopoulos

In 1992, Rahla Xenopoulos used to be clinically determined with bipolar affliction. regardless of the devastating prognosis, she sought schooling on her disorder. even if she discovered an abundance of literature on numerous psychological health problems, none of it appeared acceptable to her. this example encouraged her to jot down a booklet chronicling her ongoing efforts to come back to phrases with a illness that's, in impression, a lifestyles sentence. The booklet recounts her upbringing in an eccentric, loving Jewish kinfolk, her fight with bulimia, anorexia and self-mutilation, her makes an attempt at suicide, discovering real love and, eventually, the 'crazy, completely unpredictable event of giving beginning to triplets'. this is often neither a self-help booklet nor a med­ical advisor. interpreting this e-book won't healing somebody; bipolar disease is a protracted disease. however it did aid Rahla – because it will numerous others – 'to comprehend the rhythm within the cacophony of this condition'.

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Rahla: She lives in the same world as us but on the other side. Tania’s mother is Janet. Do you want to know her surname? Rosa: Yes. Rahla, ignoring the teacher: We’re not friends any more and I thought she was on holiday. Tania’s brother is called Richard. The baby’s name is Anne; they live in a crabby place. The big boy puts the baby where the crabs can’t eat it. I’ve always considered it perfectly ordinary to have an imaginary friend. My mother says Tania and her family were the easiest people she ever entertained.

Daddy (taken aback but amused by the interest in his wife): My wife has long black hair. Italian wife: Bene, bene, Doctor, this is good. ) Italian father: Your dark wife, she is beautiful or ugly? Daddy: She’s renowned for her great beauty! Italian wife: Bene, bene, Doctor, this is good. Italian father: She is small or she is large? Daddy: She is petite. Italian wife: Bene, bene, Doctor, this is good. Italian father: Please, you must invite us to eat at your home tonight. Unethical as it may have been to invite the first patients on a Monday morning into his home that evening, my father typically went along with the odd request.

Pnina had lots of boyfriends. They were all drawn to her brilliance and beauty, her lush sexuality. One of the boyfriends, the smooth, sexy Conrad Cline, would take two headache pills before coming to dinner just to help him cope with the family’s boisterousness. Gigi, kind and clever, brought to the noisy table her impossibly tall Dutch husband and their two perfect children, Ruth and Hannah. One night Daddy was feeling flush because he had just won a medical legal case. Livicky wasn’t aware of this, so she wasn’t feeling flush at all.

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