Mood disorders are no laughing matter: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they're the third-most-common cause of hospitalization for people between the ages of 18 and 44 in the United States.
So why did Ellen Forney write a comic book about them?
"Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life" is her attempt to pay it forward. Forney, a cartoonist who received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder 20 years ago, has amassed a wealth of knowledge on how to deal with mood disorders.
After 14 years of stability, she has created a graphic manual to share what she learned over years of medical treatment and self-care.
The subject matter may not be funny, but Forney often is. She offers silly acronyms, merit badges and personal anecdotes to leaven what can feel like heavy subject matter.