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Shifting Ground [Anglais] [Broché]

Ruth M McVeigh

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19 juillet 2006
This autobiography traces the author's tempestuous 22-year marriage to an undiagnosed manic depressive (Bipolar Affective Disorder) with whom she raised two children. Throughout the years, the emotional and geographical ground under the author's feet kept

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Ruth (Major) Jones McVeigh, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been a writer most of her life. She worked at the Halifax Herald and Mail as a cub reporter and developed a couple of by-line columns. She wrote entertainment reviews for the Toronto Star, fe

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a whirlwind of adventure 13 octobre 2006
Par Leslie A. Ellis - Publié sur
In her recent autobiography, "Shifting Ground," Ruth McVeigh, documents the joy and the heartbreak of being married to an undiagnosed, unmedicated bipolar for 22 years.

The 22 years weren't all bad. Ruth and Derry truly loved - and probably still love - each other despite the turmoil. Their life together was a whirlwind of adventure as they traveled to Guyana for Derry's job as a forester, or to Ireland on vacation. They always managed to find wonderful places to live - Ruth describes the breathtakingly beautiful Canadian scenery so well, you'll feel that you've been there.

But the beauty was often overshadowed by Derry's depressions and manias. Ruth tells of the irratic behavior and careless decisions that estranged first her children from a previous marriage and then Derry's own children. Knock wood, none of their children have inherited the illness.

The book is fascinating to me for a number of reasons, including the fact that the author founded a popular Canadian folk festival. She even got to meet Phil Ochs, a famous folk musician who happened to be bipolar! The list of musicians she mentions meeting at various points in the book is a veritable who's who in folk music.

All-in-all, "Shifting Ground" was an excellent look into the lives and relationships in a family affected by one member's bipolar disorder. I recommend that every spouse of a bipolar read this book. You'll see your family there, and hopefully avoid some of the mistakes Ruth and Derry made. I hope that any bipolar who reads the book "gets" the cautionary tale contained in it; namely, that bipolar disorder is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. If we misbehave, if we are abusive or irresponsible, the people who love us *will* be hurt, and quite possibly driven away.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent accounting of the author's tumultuous life with a bipolar spouse. 2 février 2014
Par Lakotasue - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I'm still in the midst of reading, but am enjoying this candid look into the joys, struggles, highs and lows of living with a loved one who has bipolar disorder. Well-written and easy to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.
5.0 étoiles sur 5's review~ 4 août 2011
Par Dorothy Lafrinere - Publié sur
"Shifting Ground"

A giant firabout to die,bears an abundance of fresh, green cones.

My heart as well,seeking to deny the undeniable protests far too much against a truth too difficult to bear.

The person I so loved exists no more.

A tree falls.

By Ruth (Jones) McVeigh

The meaning of this poem will unfold as you read, "Shifting Ground". This is an extremely well written book, loaded with detail and such realism that you cannot even skip a single word, for fear of distracting your hold on the heart of the story. You will meet Ruth and her husband, Derry as well as their children and share their experiences.

Shifting Ground is written in hopes that its readers will understand and maybe learn more about what it is like to live with a victim of Bipolar (manic depression) and to be the victim of Bipolar. You will feel sad, frustrated, happy, sensual, even honored as you read through Ruth's life story.

The book introduces its readers to yet another strong willed, truly loyal woman of our time. In this story of a woman totally dedicated to her husband, children and her career, you will live life through Ruth and feel her highs and lows as she allows her hopes to rise in situations such as having a quiet fun Christmas, of being respected and understood, of not being abused and treated like a sexual object, only to be disappointed to the point of depression and very low self-esteem.

Shifting Ground is also going to take you on many good trips involving Ruth and her husband, Derry as they escaped together into the wilderness to canoe and camp, a love that they shared together amongst many others. They shared thoughts, ideas, laughter and pain to the point that the reader may become very confused. The confusion you will feel is more "why" and "how come" and "how much more"? Questions that are answered as Derry's illness becomes more clear.

Ruth shows her reader through her story, how love teaches her to separate the person from the illness. It also shows her reader that even with all of her love, it was not enough to cure Derry's illness. His refusal to take any medication sealed his failure as a husband and companion. Some might wonder if Ruth struggled to find hope for 22 years with her second marriage due to the failure of her first marriage that took place in her younger years.

People will do things for many reasons throughout their lives, sometimes without fully knowing why. Health issues play a huge part in our daily lives whether it be a personal war or a war being witnessed through a close family member. Either way, it does change what should be a balanced life. It will tear one's heart and mind apart through the frustrations one has to deal with in trying to understand and live with its symptoms and treatments.

I commend Ruth McVeigh and any other person who has ever had to deal with and witness the confusion and manic personalities of a Bipolar victim. I also commend any person that has had to survive as a partner of someone with Bipolar and live a life of unpredictability and confusion. highly recommends, "Shifting Ground" as a number one resource book in regard to life with or as a Bipolar victim!
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