The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar

The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar

by Terri Cheney
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khanna26 More than 1 year ago
Terri Cheney recreates her childhood memories in this novel to shed light on the hardships of growing up bipolar. Throughout the novel Terri struggles with containing the "Black Beast" inside her. While showing the positive characteristics of being bipolar (the popularity, intelligence, creativity), it also portrays the never ending darkness that someone with bipolar disorder goes through. This novel provides a groundbreaking insider's look into the world of a bipolar child, an illness that affects around one million children. This novel is eye-opening about how a child with bipolar disorder views the world. How they are always on the edge between mania and depression. The reader gains valuable insight from seeing how a child with bipolar disorder views themselves and the immense amount of pressure they feel around them. This novel showed how children with bipolar disorder are hostage to their roller-coaster moods, and can veer from perfection to paralysis, from hyper-sexuality to episodes of alcoholic abandon and how they feel ashamed of what is happening inside of them. This book is very interesting to read and there is not a dull moment in the whole book. Terri Cheney kept you interested with her memoirs, while keeping out the unnecessary details. Although the accuracy of this book might be a little skewed because it is only told from Terri Cheney's point of view of growing up bipolar - and I'm sure many people with bipolar disorder have had drastically different experiences from hers. However, it does give the reader quite a tour into the general workings of a child's mind with bipolar disorder. If anyone was interested in gaining greater insight into how children cope with bipolar disorder then this would be a great book to read. This book allows you to sympathize with children who have this disease, but also gain understanding and respect for what they endure every day.
The_Junior_Clerk More than 1 year ago
n "The Dark Side of Innocence," bestselling author Terri Cheney draws us into the tumultuous inner world of a bipolar child. Like her first book, "Manic," "The Dark Side of Innocence" is an important resource for those interested in understanding manic-depression. Also like Manic, the power of this book ultimately derives from the beauty and honesty of the writing. Cheney's imagery sparkles. Cheney writes that the monster (which she calls the "Black Beast") that controlled her moods left "little room for hope or joy or any emotion lighter than sorrow." At other times, the Black Beast brought "Disneyland days," when "one minute the prick of a tag on the back of her sweater would make [her] writhe and scream, and the next she'd "be roaring at laughter at [her] own private jokes." Cheney's mastery of the language lets the reader feel on an emotional level the gut-wrenching, hidden turmoil that she experienced as a child. Because of the remarkable writing, "The Dark Side of Innocence" is more than an essential resource for those seeking to understand the disease (and it certainly is that). It's also an outstanding work of literature.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
TERRI CHENEY'S "THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE" (REVIEW) This book is more dark with only a splash of innocence. It's not hard to understand how a child could be inflicted with such a horrible disease as being bipolar though, and Teri's words make you understand just how hard it can be for a child in which this condition has not been recognized. This book gave me chills, and made me realize how a hidden monster like this could exist among innocence. Terri's story was written with acute honesty which I found refreshing. There are too many times that authors put a cap on their words and don't let their words flow. I found the truth of her story interesting, compelling, and full of good information that will help other children around the world. This book is one you don't want to miss out on, it's haunting but in a good way, a story you won't soon forget. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Jamie_Mason More than 1 year ago
In 2008, I interviewed Terri Cheney about her book, MANIC: A MEMOIR. It was only my second interview and I was quite nervous, but that recording remains one of the most listened-to in the series. And it's certainly not because of me. It's because the book is remarkable. Of all the books I've lent or suggested over the years, this is the single volume that has brought back to me the most commentary and the most heartfelt thanks for the recommendation. For many, it is a life-changing read. And now it has a companion volume. THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE: GROWING UP BIPOLAR, is Terri Cheney's riveting new memoir. It draws back to her furthest recollections of the destructive force inside her, now framed in the context of her diagnosis. This is no weepy account of a broken childhood. There are certainly occasions that call for pure sympathy, and tragic memoirs are a valuable gift from their authors. But what sets Ms. Cheney's work apart is the words. She is a writer first, a bipolar patient second. Through the employ of just the right language to explain her inner world, Terri Cheney switches our track from sympathy to empathy. And the difference is profound. THE DARK SIDE OF INNOCENCE is a hard course over ground opened by insight and clarity. I would say it was unflinching, but I imagine she flinched quite a bit in the writing and remembering, but she clasps the reader firmly - for her fortification, and for ours. If you are affected by bipolar disorder, personally or peripherally, I cannot recommend this book enough. If you're not, I recommend it even more.
Shirley_Holmes More than 1 year ago
I walked into Barnes and Noble three days ago and started looking at the new non-fiction table. This book caught my eye in seconds. I intended to only read the first chapter and before I knew it, two hours had gone by and I read over half the book. For the next two days I went back, finished this one and picked up Manic, also by Terri Cheney. Having a ten year old sister who so closely resembles the author in the first two chapters, kept me on the edge of my seat with tears silently streaming down my face. At times, my inner voice was screaming wondering why in the world no one would help this child. It was starting to drive me mad. Bipoloar is a very serious mental illness, treatable, but always sitting right there inside you. This book really brings the "Black Beast" to life and makes you go where he goes. I highly recommend this book.
MS222 More than 1 year ago
Like "Manic," Cheney's best seller, "Dark Side" is wonderfully written and a vivid tale of growing up bipolar. It was a very enlightening look into the life and mind of a bipolar child. It's an incredible experience to be taken into a mind with such lucidity and depth and honesty.
dr_dilemma More than 1 year ago
Terri Cheney's second book is a remarkable piece of literature. She writes with amazing imagery, beautiful rhythm and phrasing, and an honesty that simply inspires. Cheney's willingness to explore her vulnerable moments of childhood unearth a gift for all of us to share in and learn from. Her voice gripped me from the beginning and carried me through, helping me to see my own negative patterns in clear light. This book is for everyone; it reveals the ups and downs and twists and turns of our own psyches, and helps us better understand what it means to be human.
wmomill More than 1 year ago
What a beautifully written prequel to MANIC! Terri Cheney brilliantly shows us the horror and loneliness of growing up as an undiagnosed bipolar child. Now I look forward to the sequel to MANIC.
paul_manteePM More than 1 year ago
Terri Cheney's new memoir, The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing up Bipolar, skillfuly envelopes the reader in the intimate world of bipolar disorder before very much was known about the disesse. As a child Cheney invents a mythical and pervasive alter-ego she calls The Black Beast who malevolently controls her urges and impulses. The book is a psychological revelation that approaches poetry as it nudges its victim by subtle turn and sharp jab into damaged womanhood. It offers a perfect complement to her brilliant 2010 best selling memoir, Manic. Ms. Cheney's writing is deeply personal, emotionally grippihg and intellectually astute -- a must read for the phsychologically curious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good and kept my attention, just like Manic. Good insight into bipolar.
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I feel for people with this kind of problem. Must be reallyhard to deal with. Interesting.
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dave61 More than 1 year ago
Great personal story about living with the challenge of mental illness. I enjoyed Terri's writing and reading her books is like being told a story by a good friend. It is always a happy story to read such good books written by people who are overcoming significant challenges. Such an inspiration.
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voyager8 More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant about buyig this book found MANIC a bore! But I would have really missed out. The Dark Side of Innocence is an amazing read and I cannot put it down only halfway thru and had to comment. It's helping me to understand why my own dad and older brother have been so cruel to me as undiagnosed bipolar runs rampent in my family and it's very hard on everyone. People with this disorder suck the life out of the room whenever they enter. Thank you Terri for your candor and for telling such a riviting story of your childhood.
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A learning experience, inspiraton, and page-turning story all in one.
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