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Manic

Manic

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by Terri Cheney
     
 

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An attractive, highly successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Terri Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder for the better part of her life—and concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her "normal." In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of

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An attractive, highly successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Terri Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder for the better part of her life—and concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her "normal." In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster existence with shocking honesty, giving brilliant voice to the previously unarticulated madness she endured. Brave, electrifying, poignant, and disturbing, Manic does not simply explain bipolar disorder—it takes us into its grasp and does not let go.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061747281
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
8,201
File size:
677 KB

Meet the Author

Having specialized in intellectual property and entertainment law at several prominent Los Angeles firms, Terri Cheney now devotes her talents to the cause of mental illness. She was named a member of the board of the California Bipolar Foundation and the Community Advisory Board of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program. She is also the founder of a weekly support group at UCLA’s Semel Institute. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Manic 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 112 reviews.
Flymaster More than 1 year ago
A stunning look into the mind of the mentally ill - here, specifically dealing with manic depression. I was grabbed from the first page. A really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Memoirs are always an easier way to undertand mental illness. It gives you someone's reality as opposed to text book labels and diagnoses. This is both helpful for those who suffer from bipolar but would also be very helpful for family and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a psychologist I can honestly say that Manic could be a text book for understanding Bipolar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheney writes with illuminating prose that is lucid and riviting. I reccommend this book for anyone with Bipolar disorder or people close to those with the illness. I was refreshed to finally find a book with which I could identify unlike any before.
Shirley_Holmes More than 1 year ago
While walking into Barnes and Noble three days ago, author Terri Cheney's book The Dark Side of Innocence caught my eye. After sitting in the store reading intently for two days, I finished that one and quickly found Manic. Again, I spent the last part of that day and the next day reading Manic just as intently. Manic, unlike Dark Side which is written chronologically, is written episodically. It jumps around to different years, different episodes of depression, hypermania, and manic. But it was very easy for me to follow along. Terri Cheney's book is so heartbreaking, eye opening, and all around enlightening to the mental illness of bipolar. Having a ten year old sister who was recently diagnosed with bipolar, I have been trying to learn everything I can so I can help her when she needs me most. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in bipolar for education reason, but especially for anyone who is bipolar or knows someone intimately who has bipolar.
Anna_88 More than 1 year ago
Terri Cheney writes brilliantly and with frank detail. Her intimate struggle with Manic Depression is enlightening and moving. If you truly want to know what this disorder is like, just read Manic. I definitely recommend it, even if it is not always for the faint-of-heart. Great descriptions, wonderful style, and charming personality. I can't wait for more from this author.
ArtfullyYours More than 1 year ago
I initially read this for a school project. I didnt really know much about mnic depression but this book really kept me interested. i would recommend this book to anyone but be prepared for an impacting story. This is an eye opening book and a pretty fast read for anyone who wants to learn something new while also enjoying a good read.
island_time More than 1 year ago
Terri Cheney is a beautiful writer who talks about Bipolar like it is. I myself have Bipolar and I could not describe it better myself. Cheney does a remarkable job showing the reader, not just telling. She also has a way of making certain situations funny. I especially liked the part where she talks about giving her secretary a standing order to make sure there is nothing that would remind her of death- like dead flowers. I would definitely recommend this compelling memoir! I couldn't put it down!
georgia_girl15 More than 1 year ago
Very accurate portrayal of bipolar disorder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will help you understand more about bi polar and how your brain functions when you suffer from being bipolar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inside look into the life of some one who is manic depressive. A must read for patients, family, & friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will be especially insightful to those suffering with or acquainted with someone suffering with, bipolar disorder. Written in a diary like fashion you get to really understand the complexities of the misfiring brain as the author struggles with the chemical imbalance that keeps her life in constant upheaval. Bravo to Ms. Ceney for having the guts to put it all out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written, she does an amazing job at capturing what it's like to feel the way only someone that suffers from mental illness can explan or understand. Thank you for putting it into words. Stay strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right away when I saw the title I knew what the book was about. Author Terri Cheney describes her struggle with manic depression. She initially is severely depressed but swings to full blown mania. She tries to cope but eventually seeks professional help. Her journey is graphic. I would NOT suggest people who are bi-polar read this book. there are too many triggers! am b-polar & was hesitant to read this book. I would suggest family & friends of someone with BP read this book to get a glimpse of this terrible disease.
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My profession is a nurse and I come across this alot, after reading this book it has made me more aware! And to make sure I do think Co email across uncaring .
booksnoopks More than 1 year ago
I admire the author's candor and thoroughly enjoyed reading her autobiography. Never realized how devastating a disease being Bi-Polar can be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique story. Certainly a frank insight into functioning mental illness. Worth reading.
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Wow! How difficult it must be to have this problem!
DebSimon More than 1 year ago
Fab Book, eloquently written. Having studied the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder and written countless behavior support programs in attempts to assist folks, I still did not understand what it is like to walk in one's shoes. This book whisked me into the mind and world of a person who suffers with this condition. I now have a much deeper empathy and understanding. I highly recommend this book for anyone who works in the mental health field, has a friend or family member with bi-polar disorder, or for someone simply wanting a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an attorney who also has bi polar I could totally relate to this book. Impeccably written and styled it made me both cry and laugh and realize there is hope and i am not alone. Highly recommended to anyone who wants the down low on this horrible disease from the perspective of its sufferers.