At 49 years old, Deborah Fryer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Fryer was a single mother of three children and was shocked to learn of her diagnosis. What she didn’t realize, however, was this diagnosis put her on her own path to recovery.
She shares the story of her recovery and the method of recovery in her book, “Mission Improbable: How I Healed Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs,” published in 2014 by Synergy Publishing.
Fryer, originally from Yorkshire, England, moved to Sequim in November and said she hopes to share her story with others who might struggle with mental illness.
“I hope this is going to help a lot of people in this area,” Fryer said.
After seven years of being prescribed anti-depressants and then switching to another prescription medication, Fryer discovered a different way to help heal her brain that does not involve prescription medication.
“I’m hoping that I get an opportunity to spread the word about it,” Fryer says.
“What I want to do is to stand in front of people and explain to them what this is: this is no character disorder and it’s not a personality problem.”
Her book is a pocket paperback book designed so it could be taken with readers wherever he or she goes.
The book discusses the method Fryer uses in her recovery and the symptoms of bipolar disorder, and also shares stories of others who’ve used a similar method of recovery.
Fryer has been on the road to recovery for the last 16 years and was scheduled to speak at the Sequim Library on Feb. 12 — the anniversary date of when she started her recovery — but had to reschedule because of inclement weather; a new date has not been set yet.
In the past, Fryer has shared her story and spoken to audiences in Utah and Idaho and hopes to continue speaking about her journey in her local communities.
Fryer also plans to host workshops on the methods she’s used in her recovery which she believes has greatly contributed to her success.
“I speak to any organization; veterans groups, libraries, I speak to mental health staff, students, who ever wants to listen.”
Fryer also says she does anti-bullying presentations as well.
She says she is working on another book, “Rejected for the Last Time,” that teaches individuals how to overcome rejection. She hopes to publish this book later this year.
Fryer says that for each sale of “Mission Improbable: How I Healed Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs,” she will donate $1 to the Truehope program, a company that designs and applies evidence-based products and professional quality programs for men, women, and children to have the knowledge and education for individual ownership of health.
For more information or to order, contact Fryer at missionimpec cablebiographies@gmail or call 801-879-0125.