Madness: A Bipolar Life Hardcover – Apr 3 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness, finally diagnosed as rapid cycling type 1 bipolar disorder. Even as a toddler, Hornbacher couldn't sleep at night and jabbered endlessly, trying to talk her parents into going outside to play in the dark. Other schoolchildren called her crazy. When she was just 10, she discovered alcohol was a good mood stabilizer; by age 14, she was trading sex for pills. In her late teens, her eating disorder landed her in the hospital, followed by another body obsession, cutting. An alcoholic by this point, she was alternating between mania and depression, with frequent hospitalizations. Her doctor explained that not only did the alcohol block her medications, it was up to her to control her mental illness, which would always be with her. This truth didn't sink in for a long, long time, but when it did, she had a chance for a life outside her local hospital's psychiatric unit. Hornbacher ends on a cautiously optimistic note—she knows she'll never lead a normal life, but maybe she could live with the life she does have. Although painfully self-absorbed, Hornbacher will touch a nerve with readers struggling to cope with mental illness. (Apr.)
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'A brave and engagingly entertaining survivor. The value of "Madness" is its first-hand description of bipolarity.' John Sutherland, Financial Times 'A writer's exploration of the mental illness that has defined and at times destroyed her life. "Madness: A Bipolar Life" makes the starkest fact about bipolar disorder painfully clear.' Sara Keating, Sunday Business Post 'Unsettling, moving, "Madness: A Bipolar Life" is a vivid look into the whirling highs and horrible lows of a life lived with mental illness'. The Gloss magazine 'Devastatingly frank'. Stella magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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