Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jan 13, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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In her revealing bestseller Call Me Anna, Patty Duke shared her long-kept secret: the talented, Oscar-winning actress who won our hearts on The Patty Duke Show was suffering from a serious-but-treatable-mental illness called manic depression. For nearly twenty years, until she was correctly diagnosed at age thirty-five, she careened between periods of extreme euphoria and debilitating depression, prone to delusions and panic attacks, temper tantrums, spending sprees, and suicide attempts. Now in A Brilliant Madness Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on this powerful, paradoxical, and destructive illness. From what it's like to live with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this compassionate and eloquent book provides profound insight into the challenge of mental illness. And though Patty's story, which ends in a newfound happiness with her cherished family, it offers hope for all those who suffer from mood disorders and for the family, friends, and physicians who love and care for them.


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Review: Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness

User Review  - Suzanne - Goodreads

A well written easy read. Read full review

Review: Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness

User Review  - Joy - Goodreads

Having read Patty Duke's book, Call Me Anna, I wanted to read this one, which focuses on her diagnosis of and treatment for bipolar disorder, which was then referred to as manic-depressive illness ... Read full review

Contents

ONE Looking Backward
1
TWO The Many Faces
31
THREE Why MC?
63
FOUR Who Gets ManicDepressive
80
FIVE My Little Beige Pill
140
SEVEN Acting It Out
182
EIGHT The Creativity Connection
203
NINE My Family and Friends
230
TEN Families Suffer and Learn
255
ELEVEN Life After Manic Depression
281
and Their Families
302
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