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Madness: A Bipolar Life

Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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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 24, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder.

In Madness: A Bipolar Life, 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: A Bipolar Life 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 disease actually exists in in children.

Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, this storm of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar disorder.

©2008 Jami Attenberg (P)2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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A must-read (or must-listen) for those w/bipolar

I was diagnosed with Bipolar II a year ago (at 30 years old) and was having a difficult time accepting my diagnosis. I was having trouble understanding how other people coped with bipolar, or what it felt like, because I don't know anyone personally and there honestly isn't a whole lot online in reference to personal experiences with it. I chose "Madness" because I read Marya's book, "Wasted" years before, when I was deeply entrenched in my own eating disorder - coincidence? During and after listening to this book, it helped me put all the puzzle pieces together, and I can relate to SO many things Marya has gone through...a little less intense though, hence Bipolar II.

I especially recommend this book to those who are personally living with this diagnosis and would appreciate hearing another person's story, the experiences they've gone through and their day to day struggle, as well as the emotions and thoughts that go through their head on a daily basis, rather than a book describing bipolar disorder - like so many other books do. It really made me feel less "alone" after understanding that other people are like me. I will definitely listen to it over and over again.

Story was great, performance was great, I can't recommend this book enough!

(oh, and I'm a SUPER picky audiobook listener, - if that helps)

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must buy

this was a wonderful book. It was very honest and raw. highly recommend this book.