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Publisher Comments:

An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights

When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have the piece of shattering knowledge that would finally make sense of the chaos of her life. At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder.

In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story. Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings by self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation. 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.

Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: millions of people in America today are struggling with a variety of disorders that may disguise their bipolar disease. And Hornbacher's fiercely self-aware portrait of her own bipolar as early as age four will powerfully change, too, the current debate on whether bipolar in children actually exists.

Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, this storm of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar disorder.

Synopsis:

An award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia describes the painful impact on her life of bipolar disease, from the initial diagnosis of the ailment, to her desperate efforts to control violently careening mood swings, to her continuing struggle to cope with the ailment in every aspect of her life.

About the Author

Marya Hornbacher is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated national bestseller Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, a book that remains an intensely read classic, and the acclaimed novel The Center of Winter. An award-winning journalist, she lectures nationally on writing and mental health and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Cut: November 5, 1994 1

Part I The Goatman: 1978 11 What They Know: 1979 14 Depression: 1981 19 Prayer: 1983 20 Food: 1984 22 The Booze under the Stove: 1985 23 Meltdown: 1988 26 Escapes: Michigan, 1989 35 Minneapolis: 1990 37 California: 1990 39 Minneapolis: 1991 41 Washington, D.C.: 1992 44 1993 45 1994 45 Full Onset: 1995 47

Part II The New Life: 1996 53 The Diagnosis: April 1997 59 The Break: July 1997, Nine A.M. 71 Unit 47: Same Day 73 Tour: January 1998 82 Hypomania: July 1998 88 Jeremy: Later That Summer 93 Therapy: 1999 106 Losing It: Winter 1999 112 Crazy Sean: June 2000 114 Oregon: August 2000 121 Day Treatment: Late August 2000 133 Attic, Basement: Fall 2000 141 Valentine’s Day: 2001 149 Coming to Life: Summer 2001 152 Jeff: Fall 2001 155 The Good Life: Summer 2002 159 The Magazine: November 2002 163 Fall 2003 168

Part III The Missing Years 175 Hospitalization #1: January 2004 175 Hospitalization #2: April 2004 181 Hospitalization #3: July 2004 186 Hospitalization #4: October 2004 189 Hospitalization #5: January 2005 192 Hospitalization #6: April 2005 196 Hospitalization #7: July 2005 202 Release: August 2005 207

Part IV Fall 2006 221 Winter 2006 242 Spring 2007 248 Summer 2007 258 Epilogue 273 Bipolar Facts 281 my bipolar facts 284 Useful Websites 285 Useful Contacts 291 Research Resources 293 Bibliography 294 Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547348193
Subtitle:
A Bipolar Life
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Marya Hornbacher
Author:
Hornbacher, Marya
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Psychopathology - Bipolar Disorder
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
Psychology-General Disorders
Subject:
Psychology-Mood Disorders and Depression
Subject:
Psychology: Personality Disorders
Subject:
Sale Books-General
Subject:
Sale Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Sale Books-Spirituality
Subject:
Manic-depressive illness
Subject:
Manic-depressive persons
Subject:
Manic-depressive persons - United States
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Psychology : Mental Illness
Subject:
Psychology : Psychopathology - Bipolar Disorder
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.64 lb

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"Synopsis" by , An award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia describes the painful impact on her life of bipolar disease, from the initial diagnosis of the ailment, to her desperate efforts to control violently careening mood swings, to her continuing struggle to cope with the ailment in every aspect of her life.
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