Manic

A Memoir
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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On the outside, Terri Cheney was a highly successful, attractive Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer. But behind her seemingly flawless facade lay a dangerous secret - for the better part of her life, Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder and concealing a pharmacy's worth of prescriptions meant to stabilize her moods and make her "normal".

In bursts of prose that mirror the devastating highs and extreme lows of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster life with shocking honesty - from glamorous parties to a night in jail; from flying 14 kites off the edge of a cliff in a thunderstorm to crying beneath her office desk; from electroshock therapy to a suicide attempt fueled by tequila and prescription painkillers. With Manic, Cheney gives voice to the unarticulated madness she endured.

The clinical terms used to describe her illness were so inadequate that she chose to focus instead on her own experience, in her words, "on what bipolar disorder felt like inside my own body." Here, the events unfold episodically, from mood to mood, the way she lived and remembers life. In this way, the listener is able to viscerally experience the incredible speeding highs of mania and the crushing blows of depression, just as Cheney did.

©2009 Terri Cheney (P)2018 Tantor

Breakthrough: Carrie Fisher


Carrie Fisher was born to famous parents, grew up in the wake of an infamous Hollywood scandal, and starred in what would become the most famous movie franchise in the world when she was 19 years old. But by her death in 2016, she was just as renowned for her candor in speaking about her struggles with drug addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses in her various celebrity memoirs, all with her trademark sense of humor. She was sick and she got help, over and over again, and she cracked jokes in between. If she could inspire us in any way, it’s in how to face our own struggles, day after day.

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Best memoir for bipolar awareness I've read yet!

It's like Terri Cheney and I have shared so many of the same experiences. Excellent! Thank you for telling your story! It helped me better see I am not alone.

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Amazing

As a bipolar lawyer, this is the most amazing and inspiring book I have ever read.

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I actually have this book, I mean the real book.

as someone with bipolar, this book hit home. I know the ups and downs, but no matter how many books are out there, we are still shunned and laughed at.

overall, the book is wonderful. I found this book in 2008, and it saw me through a dark time. thank you Miss Chaney, you helped saved me.

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Amazing insight to manic depression

I enjoyed learning about manic depression and it’s many different faces. I understand the difference between regular bipolar and manic depressive bipolar more than I have in the past. So happy she was willing to tell her unfiltered stories.

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Educational

I want to thank the author of this book for sharing her experiences with mental illness. It’s so important for people to try to understand others.

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saved me

they made me feel as though I was doomed, and bound to failure and fear forever. this saved me.

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Excellent!

I found myself deep in the author's life, with so much understanding, love and empathyl.

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Good Look at Manic Depression

When I first started listening to this book I thought I wasn’t going to be able to get through it because of the dark beginning. However, after listening I feel like I have a better depiction on what bipolar depression really means and how the author dealt with hers.

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Amazing Writer

I’m bipolar and I approve this book!

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excellent story...very very educational..As a nurs

excellent story very educational. as a nurse appreciate authors insight and honesty about her condition. very interesting

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