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Madness : A Bipolar Life (Reprint) (Paperback) (Marya Hornbacher)

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An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights

When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have the piece of shattering knowledge that would finally make sense of the chaos of her life. At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder.

In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story. Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings by self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage -- where bipolar always beckons -- is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping memoir.

Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: millions of people in America today are struggling with a variety of disorders that may disguise their bipolar disease. And Hornbacher's fiercely self-aware portrait of her own bipolar as early as age four will powerfully change, too, the current debate on whether bipolar in children actually exists.

Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, this storm of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar disorder.
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia reveals her battle with severe rapid-cycle bipolar disorder, a condition she discovered to be an unrecognized part of her struggles with eating disorders, substance abuse, and other health challenges. Reprint.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 299
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Marya Hornbacher
Language: English
Street Date: April 1, 2009
TCIN: 11322140
UPC: 9780547237800
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-1342
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