by Norma L. Irby Up and Down and Around on the Bipolar Carousel is an autobiography of one persons struggle through life with bipolar disorder. The book provides rare access to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where research studies on mental illness were conducted and where the author spent three years as a research subject. Ten patients and intensive therapy at the NIH changed the history of mental illness and produced bipolar disorder as a future diagnosis. The book shows an enormous amount of determination to become well and stay well. It provides the reader with valuable information on dealing with bipolar disorder. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Norma L. Irby is an accomplished fine arts designer of pearl jewelry. She is an alumnus of Montgomery College, Maryland, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Norma worked in an accounting firm and in two years became a junior accountant. She also served as office manager. She worked for the legislative attorney of the American Medical Association. She was dedicated to grants management for the federal government. Norma worked at the University of California at Berkeley for the dean of engineering research. She also worked as a volunteer in womens homeless shelters and on the medical surgical unit in a local hospital. (2008, paperback, 54 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.