Ellen Forney shares strategies and coping tools in her new comic collection, 'Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life.'

By Sarah Klein
May 04, 2018
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Graphic artist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998, just shy of her 30th birthday. In her 2012 graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, she detailed the years she spent "struggling to get stable," and how she coped with her diagnosis. Now Forney is back with her second book, which is packed with strategies, tools, and tips for living with mental illness—all presented in the same relatable, comic form that made her first book so beloved. Here are a few of the clever insights you'll find in Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life.

Listen to music to change your mood

Learn how to toss all your pills back at once

Travel with mental health meds wisely

Recognize the earliest signs of a manic episode

Hang in there

You deserve to be healthy

Reprinted from Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life. Copyright © 2018 by Ellen Forney. Published by Fantagraphics.