Madness A bipolar life

Marya Hornbacher, 1974-

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Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co 2008.
Language
English
Physical Description
299 p. ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780547237800
9780618754458
0618754458
Main Author
Marya Hornbacher, 1974- (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia reveals her battle with severe rapid-cycle bipolar disorder, a condition she discovered to be an unrecognized part of her struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse, and other health challenges. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Describes the painful impact of bipolar disease on the author's life, from the initial diagnosis, to her efforts to control violent mood swings, to her continuing struggle to cope with the ailment in every aspect of her life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of Wasted, Marya Hornbacher's astonishing New York Times best-selling memoir from the belly of bipolar disorder. Marya Hornbacher tells the story that until recently she had no idea was hers to tell: that of her life with Type I ultra-rapid-cycle bipolar disorder, the most severe form of bipolar disease.In Madness, Hornbacher relates that bipolar can spawn eating disorders, substance abuse, promiscuity, and self-mutilation, and that for too long these symptoms have masked, for many of the three million people in America with bipolar, their underlying illness. Hornbacher’s fiercely self-aware portrait of bipolar, starting as early as age four, will surely powerfully change the current debate over whether bipolar can begin in childhood.Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage—where bipolar always beckons—is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping memoir.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of Wasted, Marya Hornbacher's astonishing New York Times best-selling memoir from the belly of bipolar disorder. Marya Hornbacher tells the story that until recently she had no idea was hers to tell: that of her life with Type I ultra-rapid-cycle bipolar disorder, the most severe form of bipolar disease.In Madness, Hornbacher relates that bipolar can spawn eating disorders, substance abuse, promiscuity, and self-mutilation, and that for too long these symptoms have masked, for many of the three million people in America with bipolar, their underlying illness. Hornbacher’s fiercely self-aware portrait of bipolar, starting as early as age four, will surely powerfully change the current debate over whether bipolar can begin in childhood.Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage??—??where bipolar always beckons??—??is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping memoir.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Pulitzer Prize–nominated Marya Hornbacher's astonishing New York Times best-selling memoir from the belly of bipolar disorder.