Self improvement aficionados will recognize I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can as Barbara Gordon's soul-bearing 1979 bestseller about her battle with valium addiction. Many will remember it too as a 1982 film starring Jill Clayburgh. This new paperback demonstrates that the best memoirs retain their potency over time. Gordon's searing candor about her descent into prescription drug abuse and her successive efforts at recovery give this thirty-year-old classic the immediacy of today's news.
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Canby Barbara Gordon
Barbara Gordon's groundbreaking memoir tells the extraordinary story of a woman who has it all, or thinks she does-a career as an Emmy-award-winning documentary producer, a man she loves, a world of friends, and a beautiful apartment in Manhattan. But beneath the façade, Barbara's life is spinning out of control. In spite of the pills prescribed by her doctor,… See more details below
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Barbara Gordon's groundbreaking memoir tells the extraordinary story of a woman who has it all, or thinks she does-a career as an Emmy-award-winning documentary producer, a man she loves, a world of friends, and a beautiful apartment in Manhattan. But beneath the façade, Barbara's life is spinning out of control. In spite of the pills prescribed by her doctor, a nameless terror disrupting her daily life intensifies until she is besieged by crippling anxiety attacks. A formerly strong, independent, successful woman, Barbara's life becomes a nightmare of paralysis and fear. When Barbara finds herself unable to leave her apartment or walk the streets of New York alone, she decides to take charge of her life. She doesn't want pills, she wants answers. Instead of ending her fears, quitting the medicine leads to the unraveling of what she thought was her perfect life, and Barbara becomes a casualty of a flawed and inept mental health system. Barbara had often spoken for the voiceless in her films, but she suddenly finds herself powerless, without a voice of her own. Though she feels frightened and misunderstood, the tenderness and love of another young patient, Jim, helps Barbara rediscover her voice and her identity. In the years since her memoir was first published, thousands of readers all over the world have read her book, followed her descent into hell, traveled with her along the bumpy road to recovery, and celebrated as she creates a new life. I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can is a strikingly honest look at a life gone off the rails. Throughout her journey, Gordon's hope and strength make her an incredible heroine worth rooting for.
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I could not put this book down. I work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in a teaching and research facility and found Barbara's depiction of both the private and state hospital so accurate. The stigma continues for a diagnosis of a mental disorder after all these years. The mentally ill are severly underserved in our culture and Barbara, with all of her accomplishments, tells it like it was and still is. Thank you Barbara.
A harsh reality of a Doctor sending a women to the depths of hell to go eye to eye with the devil and have to fight for her life! Tragic, compelling, a women living in a mans world who had to fight on her own to save her own life!
To remain healthy you must ignore the self-described doctors,and of course eat your vegetables.