The Journey Home: My Journey to Find Peace of Mind and Heart While Fighting a War Against Bi-Polar Disorder is a 2018 memoir by Lori-Ellen Pisani.
A Bipolar Disorder is defined as a brain disorder that causes changes in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. It is characterized by experiencing intense emotional states that typically occur during distinct periods of days to weeks, called mood episodes. There are two types of Bipolar Disorder, Bipolar 1 and 2. Bipolar 1 Disorder is characterized by at least one manic episode, whether it’s exceptional energy, restlessness, trouble concentrating, feelings of euphoria, or risky behaviors. Bipolar 2 Disorder involves a major depressive episode that can last for at least two weeks and at least one hypomanic episode. Today, we will learn about a person’s incredible journey with Bipolar 2 Disorder, how it changed her life, the obstacle she overcame, and the inspirational story she hopes to share with others who want to achieve peace of heart and mind.
The Journey Home by Lori-Ellen Pisani
The Journey Home: My Journey to Find Peace of Mind and Heart While Fighting a War Against Bi-Polar Disorder is the complete title of Lori-Ellen Pisani’s heartwarming memoir. It was published in 2018. In this touching narrative, Lori-Ellen Pisani recalls how she discovered her condition at a very young age and how she had to cope with stigma and suicidal depression. Only in treatment did she find out that Bipolar Disorder could be a family thing and other family members have it. Since childhood and especially growing into adulthood, life was dark for Lori-Ellen, but she was firm, and she stayed on with her treatment plan.
“Lori-ellen Pisani lives with a powerful enemy inside her brain. At times, Lori-ellen soars to the heights of mania. She’s highly creative and a multi-tasker. Then a trigger such as an argument will send her into a suicidal depression. Having been undiagnosed until her early thirties and working as a teacher, her career would be in serious jeopardy if anyone were to find out. Bipolar Disorder is very often misunderstood and therefore perceived as a threat by the parents who have entrusted their children to her care. She takes you on her journey to learn the identity of this enemy and to declare a secret war to save her life. Each chapter brings the reader along with her experiences as she battles: abandonment, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, and cancer. Readers will relate to Lori-ellen’s words and hopefully find the strength to wage war against mental illness and begin their own journey towards victory – peace of mind and heart.” (book description)
The Journey Home by Lori-Ellen Pisani is not only an inspiring memoir but is also a revolutionary guidebook that will help us understand more about people with Bipolar Disorder. Pisani wrote a descriptive experience and provided valuable insights essential to educating people more about mental illness and erase the stigma that has haunted patients and family members alike.
About the Author
Lori-Ellen Pisani served her community as an elementary teacher and as an assistant principal. She used to be responsible for a population of 500 students and staff. Her dedication and life of service were rewarded with multiple recognitions and awards. Unknown to many, Lori-Ellen Pisani could not have done her job without the help of her psychiatrist and therapist. She was suffering from Bipolar II (two) disorder. Lori-Ellen Pisani’s career was always on the line in a society where the stigma of a mental disorder is real. It could have ended anytime if the school administrators, parents, and the public knew that she has Bipolar Disorder. Yet she soldiered on, battling a disease that sent Lori-ellen into periods of tremendous creativity and multi-tasking mastery to episodes of uncontrollable rage in an instant. Now that she is officially retired, Lori-Ellen is free to tell her inspiring story to the world finally. Her book The Journey Home is preserving all those memories and the countless battles she had won.
To know more about Lori-Ellen Pisani, you can buy a copy of her book or visit her author website today.