Paperback, 304 Pages
Author of WARRIOR: The Bipolar Battle (A Memoir)
“All my life, I had been known for my mind, and now the only thing I trusted was going out of control.”—K.S. Ram
Mental illness has reached epidemic proportions, which is why we bring attention to it in May with Mental Health Awareness Week (May 11-17, 2015). What if you couldn’t trust your own mind to make the right decisions, act the right way or treat others how you’d like to be treating them?
Krish ‘K.S.’ Ram was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2002 and found himself suffering from depression and anxiety. After seven years of treatment through medication, rehabilitation and therapy, he was stable and functioning again. That is, until the illness came back. Upon its relapse, Krish found himself surrounded by the shambles of his home and arranged marriage. He decided to leave everything behind and search for control over his illness and life.
Searching to understand and overcome his battle with bipolar disorder, Krish embarked on a three-year journey through five countries on three continents, from a village in his homeland of India, to the mysterious Wudang Mountains in China and beyond.
Dark and emotional, yet filled with inspiration and hope, WARRIOR: The Bipolar Battle is his story of triumphing over adversity against all odds and realizing that no matter how dark it gets, no matter how low you fall, there is hope. There is a way out. His mission is to inspire and teach others who are caught in the vortex of daily struggle.
- Tell your audience about Mental Health Awareness Week, illustrating how life-altering it can be, through a real story.
- Battling the stigma of mental illness—especially in cultures where seeking treatment is taboo (such as Krish’s Indian culture).
- Signs and symptoms of a mental disorder. In most people, the average age of onset of bipolar disorder happens in the early 20s. Do you know others who might be struggling, perhaps even undiagnosed?
- The struggle for normalcy with a not-so-normal illness.
- The many facets of treatment for mental disorders and what getting a diagnosis looks like.
- How to live and train like a warrior to fight (and overcome) all of life’s battles.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Krish ‘K. S.’ Ram was born in Mumbai, India, and grew up in the U.S., where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Purdue University. He spent many years in the corporate world, with a successful career in sales and marketing. Following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2002, he was forced to take a two-year break from his career. After undergoing an intensive course of medication and therapy, he earned an MBA and resumed his career, only to face a relapse in 2009 that left him declared permanently disabled.
Determined to understand his mind and his place in the universe, he walked away from everything he knew in order to find a better way to live. He eventually found three very different teachers, whose combined guidance helped him understand and manage his illness, while training him to control his mind and overcome fear. He knows now that, ultimately, life must be his final teacher, just as he knows his battle with bipolar will never truly be over.
A martial arts enthusiast, Krish teaches Tai Chi. An eternal student, he continues to research mental illness, and is on a never-ending quest to live a balanced, healthy and peaceful life filled with inspiration, hope and meaning.