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Broken Open & A Better Life with Craig Hamilton; Living with Bipolar Disorder and Beyond

Join the journey on Help, Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am, Saturday, May 28th, 12-1pm EST.  My guest will be Craig Hamilton, author of an amazing memoir, Broken Open.  This is a heart wrenching & heartwarming account of Craig’s personal experience with Bipolar Disorder. Craig will also be introducing us to his follow-up book, A Better Life.  For any of you dealing with Bipolar Disorder in your life I recommend you do not miss this show!  Craig will certainly give you hope and help you heal, first hand.  As always, calls are welcome during the show at 607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820. Wishing you all a day of health and happiness!

Front Cover - Broken Open by Craig Hamilton with Neil Jameson

Broken Open
Front Cover

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Back Cover - Broken Open by Craig Hamilton with Neil Jameson

Broken Open
Back Cover

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Click here to purchase Broken Open

Three days until the Olympics opening ceremony. My bag is packed and we’re walking together as a family from car park to ticket gate. Something is not quite right. I’m riding a tsunami-size mania and set to wipe out in awesome and truly awful style. Now, if this tale is not weird enough already, then try this: in my mind I have become Jesus Christ reincarnate. I am experiencing a high I’d imagine you attain only on the strongest drugs.’

Read more extracts from Broken Open….

In a remarkable memoir ABC broadcaster Craig Hamilton tells what it’s like to go mad in public and survive to tell the tale. Hamilton explores how his breakdown and diagnosis of bipolar disorder affected his family, work colleagues and friends. In doing so he lifts the covers on the taboo subject of depression and shows how he stared down his demons to resurrect his life and career.

As a former top sportsman, farmer’s son and coal miner who reinvented himself to establish a successful career with the ABC, Craig believed he was immune to a calamity such as mental illness. From his initial shocking breakdown to his eventual recovery, Craig retraces his steps and highlights the warning signs that might have told him he was in serious trouble.

Broken Open is a gripping read about one man’s journey back from the brink of hell. But it is much more than that. It’s also a personal plea for society to shake off the stigma surrounding people with depression and to bring the subject out into the clear light of day.


“I know Craig went through his own anguish with mental illness and if it can affect him it can affect anybody. I hold him in high esteem as I believe him to be very credible and someone who has a real passion for what he does, particularly calling rugby league on ABC Radio.

Like many Australians today, Craig changed his life so he could manage his illness. Through medication and a healthy lifestyle of yoga, meditation and laughter he is now living a healthy life. His story is a must-read. His triumph is truly remarkable and will inspire anyone lucky enough to read it.

Sadly many people suffering mental illness do not have the strength or support to change their lives. Like Craig I have watched players and have friends and family who have suffered from mental illness. I know through these experiences that mental illness exists and is not in someone’s imagination as we are often told.

By telling his story I know Craig will help others who have suffered, but more importantly he makes us all much more aware of the presence of mental illness, and in particular depression and bipolar disorder.”

Sincerely
Wayne Bennett
Head Coach
St George Illawarra Dragons




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Craig Hamilton, Surviving Bipolar Disorder and Beyond…

To listen to my interview with Craig Hamilton, author of Broken Open, simply go to the Link,  “AM-WWLZ820 Talk Radio” and click on “Craig Hamilton, Surviving Bipolar Disorder and Beyond…”  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  This is an amazing account of Craig’s struggles and triumphs with Bipolar Disorder, and his amazing work in helping others through this difficult illness.  Craig quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. at the end of the show with “Our lives begin to end when we remain silent about the things that matter.”  That sums it all up.  Thank you so much Craig Hamilton, for being the beautiful soul that you are.  Many blessings to you!

Broken Open

Join the journey on Help, Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am, Saturday Dec. 11th, 12-1pm EST.  My guest will be Craig Hamilton, author of an amazing memoir, Broken Open.  This is a heart wrenching & heartwarming account of Craig’s personal experience with Bipolar Disorder.  For any of you dealing with Bipolar Disorder in your life I recommend you do not miss this show!  Craig will certainly give you hope and help you heal, first hand.  As always, calls are welcome during the show at 607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820. Wishing you all a day of health and happiness!

Front Cover - Broken Open by Craig Hamilton with Neil Jameson

Broken Open
Front Cover

(click image to enlarge)

Back Cover - Broken Open by Craig Hamilton with Neil Jameson

Broken Open
Back Cover

(click image to enlarge)

Click here to purchase Broken Open

 

Broken Open

Three days until the Olympics opening ceremony. My bag is packed and we’re walking together as a family from car park to ticket gate. Something is not quite right. I’m riding a tsunami-size mania and set to wipe out in awesome and truly awful style. Now, if this tale is not weird enough already, then try this: in my mind I have become Jesus Christ reincarnate. I am experiencing a high I’d imagine you attain only on the strongest drugs.’

Read more extracts from Broken Open….

In a remarkable memoir ABC broadcaster Craig Hamilton tells what it’s like to go mad in public and survive to tell the tale. Hamilton explores how his breakdown and diagnosis of bipolar disorder affected his family, work colleagues and friends. In doing so he lifts the covers on the taboo subject of depression and shows how he stared down his demons to resurrect his life and career.

As a former top sportsman, farmer’s son and coal miner who reinvented himself to establish a successful career with the ABC, Craig believed he was immune to a calamity such as mental illness. From his initial shocking breakdown to his eventual recovery, Craig retraces his steps and highlights the warning signs that might have told him he was in serious trouble.

Broken Open is a gripping read about one man’s journey back from the brink of hell. But it is much more than that. It’s also a personal plea for society to shake off the stigma surrounding people with depression and to bring the subject out into the clear light of day.


“I know Craig went through his own anguish with mental illness and if it can affect him it can affect anybody. I hold him in high esteem as I believe him to be very credible and someone who has a real passion for what he does, particularly calling rugby league on ABC Radio.

Like many Australians today, Craig changed his life so he could manage his illness. Through medication and a healthy lifestyle of yoga, meditation and laughter he is now living a healthy life. His story is a must-read. His triumph is truly remarkable and will inspire anyone lucky enough to read it.

Sadly many people suffering mental illness do not have the strength or support to change their lives. Like Craig I have watched players and have friends and family who have suffered from mental illness. I know through these experiences that mental illness exists and is not in someone’s imagination as we are often told.

By telling his story I know Craig will help others who have suffered, but more importantly he makes us all much more aware of the presence of mental illness, and in particular depression and bipolar disorder.”

Sincerely
Wayne Bennett
Head Coach
St George Illawarra Dragons







Healing Hour

Tune in with me tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 6th, 12-1pm EST, on Help Hope & Healing, WWLZ820am! The format is OPEN! Call in with your questions pertaining to your overall health and learn to heal through mind, body, spiritual and emotional wellness. This is your hour with a therapist who can help. Call during the show……607-732-4820 or 1-866-732-4820.  Nationwide calls are welcome!

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Next week, my guest will be Neal Desch.  We will be addressing the effects of domestic violence and the importance of breaking the silence.

10 Tips to Push Depression and Anxiety Aside

1.  Exercise.  Move your body to the degree you are able; run, swim, take a brisk walk, dance, ride a bike, ride a horse, train in the gym, ski, move your arms and legs sitting in a chair.

2. Speak Up! Self expression is crucial in the release of feelings, self-respect and caring for yourself.  The more we address the less we repress!

3. Take a yoga class.  Yoga decreases blood pressure, calms your body and mind, and allows you to think more clearly.

4. Include Omega 3’s in your diet. Studies have revealed Omega 3’s decrease depression. In addition, a good whole foods multivitamin adds more nutrients to your diet.

5. Keep your spine in alignment. Follow up with your chiropractor.  An aligned spine clears all pathways through your brain stem, allowing you to think more clearly.  Not to mention, less body pain equals less depression/anxiety.

6. Meditate. Practice sitting in a quiet space at least a few minutes a day.  If your mind wanders bring it back to the present as you focus on  one thing.

7. Laugh! Laughter releases those wonderful endorphins that we experience in exercise.  Watch a funny movie, reminisce about comical times with family and friends, laugh at yourself, just laugh!

8. Make a habit of drinking your Green Smoothie. So many of us don’t get enough fruits and veggies in our diet.  Packing it all into one drink allows you to get a ton of nutrients in one sitting.  A healthy diet gives you more energy and promotes positive thinking.

9. Socialize! Make a point to spend time with like-minded, like-spirited people.  Positive contact lifts our own spirits!

10. Get your Sleep. So many of us are sleep deprived in our fast paced society.  Make it a point to get at least  7- 8 hours of sleep a night.  If you have difficulty falling asleep, take a warm bath before bed, read a book, put on soothing music, drink a chamomile tea…wind down and breathe….

11.  Okay, I’m squeezing in 11, Get a MASSAGE and pamper yourself at your favorite spa!

Forget Everything And Run!

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves, regret for the past and fear of the future.”

~Fulton Oursler

The title is a great acronym, isn’t it?  I’ve heard of it coming out of many 12 step rooms, dealing with addiction.  Of course, I used the “cleaner” version, but you get the point. I’m talking about FEAR today because it appears to be so prevalent in our society, my counseling office, and everyday life.  When will it be time for you to let go of your past, forgive those who have wronged you, and move on to your future, fearlessly?

I will tell you when that time will come.  When you can truly forgive not only those who have hurt you but when you can forgive yourself.  When we hold on to anger toward another person, or people, or situations, it’s ironic how you internalize that anger, only to inflict the same hurts onto yourself and others.  Until you truly work to make change, accept your part in the scenario, and look fear in its monstrous face, your lesson will never be learned.  The pattern will continue in its never-ending battle.  Stop in your tracks and look inward.  What do you see?  All the answers are hidden beneath the layers of  your life.  Peel back each experience fearlessly, un-learn the hurts, take control of your own life and feel the freedom it brings.

Stand up, look in the mirror, look yourself straight in the eye and ask yourself,  “Is this the first day of the rest of my life?”  Your choice.  We always make a choice.

It’s Time To Let It Go…

“I never jumped in and rescued you,
but I wanted to
I didn’t tell you which way to go,
’cause I thought you’d know…

I never told you I told you so, but I told you so

Have to let it go
It’s time to let it go”

~ Barenaked Ladies,  lyrics to  “Told You So”

We’ve all been there, thinking we can control the outcome of someone’s destiny.  Trying so hard to help and hold on, but is it really helping you or the person you’re trying to “help”?  Oftentimes, we are only getting in the way of the lessons that require learning.  If someone you love has a path of many face plants, then you must accept that and let go of the illusion of control.  In most cases, the lesson will be learned.  If not, well, it was never your lesson to be responsible for in the first place.  It’s time to let it go….

On the flip side of this coin is YOU.  Only you can steer your ship, no one else.  You must be the one to pave your way, put the energy and work into your dreams, and drive to your destination.  However long it takes, no matter how many mountains you must cross, stay with your own journey and you will stake your flag at the end of the marathon.  This doesn’t mean that you don’t reach out for support along the way.  Those that truly care about you will be there for you, as you are there for them.  Gather support from your friends, family, loved ones, and all universal energy.  You will be well on your way to your dream fulfillment.

Allow those you love to experience their own path.  Release energy into your journey, let go and give Source the freedom to guide you, all the way to the finish line.  Namaste.