Polarized: Sex, Lies, and Family Betrayal

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A Life of Ups and Downs Joseph DeBlasi’s life has never been “normal.” Taken by his father at the age of nine, involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with his stepmother, and estranged from his mom and two brothers, his formative years were spiked with trauma and pain. And then he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and all hell broke loose. “Manic Joe” reared his ugly head—a brash but charming guy everybody loved despite his appetite for destroying his own life and anyone’s who crossed his path. Then he would slip into deep, months-long debilitating depressive episodes that not even the heaviest medications could touch. Only the undying support of his loved ones has helped him survive. From Manic Joe’s run-ins with the law to his experiences with electro-convulsive therapy, Polarized: Sex, Lies, and Family Betrayal shows in excruciating and heartbreaking detail what it’s really like to live with mental illness.

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About the Author Joseph DeBlasi has a degree in economics from Rutgers University and has worked as a business and systems analyst for the Dreyfus Corp and AIG. He is a supporter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Joe currently lives on Long Island, New York, and is a full-time stay-at-home dad.

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