4.25.14 Grand Island High School (Buffalo, NY)

Dear Mr. Nawotniak:


We really appreciate that you volunteered your valuable time to share your story with our English 12 students today. We could tell during the presentation that their attention was completely focused on what you had to say (wish we could do that!) and in talking to them afterwards we learned that they connected with you and genuinely cared about you. It was obvious that some students are experiencing their own issues and were relieved to find that they aren't alone. We will be providing students with your information so that they can check out your media materials.


Thanks again for coming to talk to our students. It was a better learning experience than they will receive from reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.


Thank you,

Ardeth Kasahara & Craig Reynolds

Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder


Great Resource

By Steve Harrington on April 6, 2014

Format: Paperback

Nawotniak has used his lived experience to help others through the difficulties a bi-polar condition can bring. Kudos for a work well done and in a manner that will help so many.
Steve Harrington
Executive Director
International Association of Peer Supporters

A great resource!

By Linnea E Franits on April 17, 2014

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This wonderfully accessible handbook is a must read for those want some concrete strategies to deal with mood disorders. It's also a great resource for people like occupational therapists who are in the position to recommend these strategies!

(Professor of Occupational Therapy at Utica College)

It's helping...a lot!

By J. Maier on March 30, 2014

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The author's view on bipolar is refreshing. Rather than suffering idly, we're asked by Nawotniak to experience a radical shift in how we see the disorder. His is an honest, self-analytical and clinical approach -- not a "feel good" one. Turning a crushing negative like bipolar on its head requires us to have a "relationship" with it; attempting to control it only makes things worse. I accepted long ago that bipolar will *always* be there. But rather than just hunkering down when depressive episodes strike, this handbook has gotten me to the point where bipolar is now TEACHING me some of the most salient points of a quality life (when sadly, I wasted too many years of my life thinking bipolar was a curse).

Life Changer

By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2014

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I picked up this book because my mother suffers from schizophrenia, a very good friend suffers from bi-polar disorder, and many of my battle buddies are living with PTSD. I wanted to better understand their struggle. I never expected the book help me live a healthier life. Nawotniak's compelling story drew me in, and his exercises in self discovery and life skill building have helped me keep my life in balance.
Like Nawotniak, I want to live my life to the fullest, and I work hard to realize my dreams. While I have never been diagnosed with a bi-polar disorder I do experience the highs and lows. The highs make me believe I can do anything, and the lows make me feel week and incompetent. Doing the exercises in this book have given me a stronger foundation so that I have more realistic expectations of myself. By completing Nawotniak's charts I have a better picture of what my goals are, where my supports are, and what my obstacles are. I have a better understanding of myself as a whole.
I highly recommend this book. Whether you are living with a mental health condition or not. There are a lot of useful activities here that can apply to anyone that wants to improve their lives. I'm glad I bought it!