"Up From the Ashes: One Doc's Struggle with Drugs and Mental Illness" s a picaresque journey through the angst, bitter highs and lows seen through the eye as experienced by an internist. This book is about Herculean periods of success destroyed by first crippling depression morphing into dysfunctional highs of excessive drug abuse and addiction....all in a frantic attempt to achieve normalcy by self-medicating. This is a characteristic attempt to balance
creativity with the periodic cycling that often is missed or inappropriately treated by well-meaning professionals. The story is the proud resurrection of an otherwise valuable life with appropriate medications such as the atypical antipsychotic, Seroquel(quetiapine) and an anti- seizure medication such as Lamictal(lamotrigine).