Madness: A Bipolar Life

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 299 pages
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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.
  

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Amazing memior by an amazingly strong woman. I actually CAN imagine what it's like to live with Bipolar I, because Marya Hornbacher bring you along on her journey with painful honesty in her usual ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica Lane - Goodreads

I enjoy memoirs from people who suffer from psychiatric illness, but I found this a total slog to read after the first chapter or two. It read very much as a "and then this happened, then this ... Read full review

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Contents

1978
11
1979
14
1981
19
1983
20
1984
22
1985
23
1988
26
Michigan 1989
35
Summer 2001
152
Fall 2001
155
Summer 2002
159
November 2002
163
Fall 2003
168
Part III
173
The Missing Years
175
April 2004
181

1990
37
1990
39
1991
41
1992
44
1993
45
1995
47
1996
53
April 1997
59
July 1997 Nine AM
71
Same Day
73
January 1998
82
July 1998
88
Later That Summer
93
1999
106
Winter 1999
112
June 2000
114
August 2000
121
Late August 2000
133
Fall 2000
141
2001
149
July 2004
186
October 2004
189
January 2005
192
April 2005
196
July 2005
202
August 2005
207
Part IV
219
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
299
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About the author (2008)

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.

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