Physician with Bipolar Disorder Publishes Book About His Mental Illness

New Mexico Doctor and Author Announces His Book of Letters as a Doctor Suffering from Bipolar Disorder

Author, Benjamin Diven, M.D. is pleased to announce his book, Closing the Chasm: Letters from a Bipolar Physician to His Son. Closing the Chasm is a collection of letters written to Dr. Diven’s eldest son, Matt, that each portray an event or events or a discussion of events.

Las Cruces, NM, February 01, 2012 --( What would it be like to be a physician with a major mental illness? Having all the challenges of medical practice complicated by moods that swung from high to low and back again. What if they were also struggling to be a husband and a father?

In this engaging and at times intimate look into life with bipolar disorder Dr. Diven offers insights into symptoms and problems living with this mental illness.

There are discussions of family life and near suicide, medications and therapy, and complications and successes. Sometimes comical and often serious vignettes of common experiences with other bipolar patients are explored or explained. Written in the form of letters to his eldest child the story is warmly personal while adding a professional's insight.

The author says, “This is an excellent reading for anyone interested in a fascinating biography. It’s an engaging, enlightening, and readable story of a person with bipolar disorder taken from high school to adulthood.”

This book also serves as an open look into manic-depressive illness for persons with similar struggles or the loved ones of a mentally ill person.

Book Information:
Closing the Chasm: Letters from a Bipolar Physician to His Son
Author: Benjamin Diven, M.D.
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-0-595-48109-5
Pages: 153
Published: January 2009

About The Author
Benjamin Diven, M.D. is a practicing physician at New Mexico State University and wrote the book after achieving a high level of stability thanks to the benefits of modern psychiatry and psychology. He is married with three adult children.

For more information, review copies, or interviews please contact the author at:

Benjamin Diven, M.D.

Closing the Chasm is available for purchase online through the author’s website, from the publisher,, and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.