Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness. Madness: A Bipolar Life [Marya Hornbacher] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia Madness: A Bipolar Life – Kindle edition by Marya Hornbacher. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

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In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story.

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I found Wasted more interesting, more hard-hitting, better written. Bipolar though, or the old term “Manic Depressive”, is hard to understand. Because as she says, it’s HER life, the only one she hornbachrr, and the only one she really wants. I found myself alternately hyper, tense, shaky, queasy, and so very sad.

She cannot do her P. Extreme mood swings finally led to ,adness at 24 of bipolarity. I just read the part where she asked one of her friends how it’s like to have a friend that is suffering from the disease, and the friend hornbwcher that it’s not that different, just that she’s afraid that she’ll commit suicide – which she understands, in sorrow, because she has seen the suffering take its toll. Although painfully self-absorbed, Hornbacher will touch a nerve with readers struggling to cope with mental illness.

A Life Houghton Mifflin is an intense, beautifully written book about the difficulties, and promise, mdness living with mental illness. She’s self-absorbed and self-destructive. I will not throw it away.

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Mar 03, Debra Lynch rated it it was amazing. I have a sister and a mother I have watched them go through the same things as you. That the only thing more tedious than dealing with one’s own craziness is reading about someone else’s — it’s like having someone share their dream — you try to be polite and show interest, but really.


She was able to put words behind feelings I have struggled with for years. Jun 13, tee rated it liked it Shelves: Hornbacher seems to have that competitive streak sometimes seen among people with severe mental illness: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is truly a terrifying life to lead.

I am so inspired by them for the fight which is every day. Actually I heard an urban legend that the author died of heart trouble after writing that book, and then saw some of her other books listed, and so was curious. Marya has been cursed with bipolar disorder since she was young, but wasn’t properly diagnosed until she was older.

On a side note: I honestly want to buy this book for everyone in my family and my close friends so they can at least get a small glimpse into the fragile mind of a bipolar person. I have never been caught up in such a wild storm of anguish and terror. Is this mitigated by the fact that the charity is benefitting regardless of the intentions of said individual?

This time with a look at her struggle with bipolar disorder also known as manic depression in her new book, Madness: Get to Know Us. At the Red Lion on 15 August. The mortality rate of Bipolar Disorder; no matter which kind, is horrifying.

Her condition prevents any medication which may have worked, from having any noticeable effect. It is devastating to watch the people madnesa love suffer and not be able to help.

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I could tell you all the symptoms and maybe some of the treatment, but this book really made me see and understand what it must be like to have this disorder. Once she was in school, other children called her crazy.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Although painfully self-absorbed, Hornbacher will touch a nerve with readers struggling to cope with mental illness. Want to Read saving…. Marya offers a very honest, un sugarcoated look at her life with Bipolar Disorder. In hindsight, Hornbacher is aware that she was delusional in many of the experiences she describes, but I’ve rarely seen my own family member view her own delusions with any clarity — instead, they become larger and more entrenched over time.


She married, and threw herself into overworking that triggered recurrences of the mood swings, two years of repeated hospitalization, then electroconvulsive therapy.

She did not pepper her stories with much self-reflection, and while frightening, it was refreshing to read this type of book from the perspective of someone who isn’t deluded into thinking that she now has all the answers, or that she will lead a stress-free wholly positive life now that she has her diagnosis in hand.

For people who have bipolar disorder, Ms. View all 6 comments. She still publishes occasional journalistic pieces, as well as short fiction and poetry.

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Rather, it came after years and years of cycling through incessant mania and debilitating depression. This is not a self-help book written to tell other suffering with this illness, ‘If you just follow these steps, you’ll be fine. University of Minnesota alumni American University alumni American women journalists American hornbacjer with disabilities births Living people People with bipolar disorder.

Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, this storm of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, while the book might be a photo-finish accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be bi-polar, the problem with the book is that it’s a photo-finish accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be bi-polar.

It also can be a terrific marta on what to watch for and what to avoid. Marya Hornbacher uornbacher