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A Dose of Something Real

Brian Jost

The symptoms of Brian Jost's bipolar disorder reached their peak in the summer of 2009 when he was admitted to our inpatient psychiatry unit. He remembers this as a chaotic time that felt very strange and intense. Brian experienced hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms and doesn’t remember much from his stay. However, he does remember a few simple things that helped make him more comfortable: a friendly staff member calling him by name, another who took the time to comment on the book he was reading. In addition to the psychiatric care he received, these thoughtful gestures kept him in touch with reality and the person he really was. Today Brian is doing well, continuing with his treatment and heartened by milestones including a new child, a new house, and even a new book he wrote about his experiences – Grounded by Bipolar Disorder, One Pilot’s Landing.

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