Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness. Madness: A Bipolar Life [Marya Hornbacher] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia Madness: A Bipolar Life – Kindle edition by Marya Hornbacher. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

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To alleviate her internal suffering, Hornbacher turns to cutting – one time getting so out of control that she nearly kills herself and is rushed to the hospital.

There is plenty of books about bipolar disorder which cover the illness from the official medical point of view causes, symptoms, treatments. I have never been caught up in such a wild storm of anguish and terror. This is the first book that has actually helped me understand her sisters behaviour. Is this mitigated by the fact that the charity is benefitting regardless of the intentions of said individual? April 1, Sold by: This biography of a living person relies too much on references to primary sources.

So when I saw this book it immediately piqued my interest.

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But thats not all. I read her book Wasted in college and was blown away. When I am depressed I feel nothing from that dark place – and it is hard for my children to understand.

Marya has been cursed with bipolar disorder since she was young, but wasn’t properly diagnosed until she was older. I would highly recommend this book to people suffering with bipolar disorder as well as their families.


Her manic states brought about an incredible euphoria, one that produced unusual bursts of energy and impulsivity and spawned an excessive work ethic that had her sleeping just a few hours every day. Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Stepswas published inand Waiting: She is also of the belief that her disease manifested much sooner than most psychiatrists presume, thereby going unchecked, undiagnosed and unmedicated for nearly two decades. May 29, Sara rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Madness is written as a memoir – it is Hornbacher’s story – it is not a clinical examination of bipolar disorder – and it does not answer many questions that I had about the history of bipolar treatment and the state of bipolar disorder in our country today- in terms of the research that is being done, the medication available to people, and how therapy can be used, if at all, to deal with the symptoms.

Her story also gives me hope.

And in rapid cycling, such mood swings occur more frequently than normally. Other schoolchildren called her crazy. May 31, S. Madness is impossible to put down. I hope this helps. I would have given this a 4, but I gave ‘Wasted’ a 4 and I thought that ‘Wasted’ was a lot better. It is a life of which I am fiercely protective. An eye-opening account on mental illness, “Madness” humanizes those suffering from bipolar disorder and other psychological disturbances with Hornbacher’s honesty, sympathy and self-effacing prose.

You not only get a close-up look of bipolar disorder, but also of all of her attempts at diagnosis and treatment, including multiple hospitalizations. I am so impressed by her; I don’t know how she did it. A Life Houghton Mifflin is an intense, beautifully written book about the difficulties, and promise, of living with mental illness.


I like this book because it is honest and tells the tale of what it is like to live with this demon on your back.

Please help by adding secondary or tertiary sources. The beat of the book follows the beat of her moods. In my world, inside my brain, that’s true. She was very lucky to have such a big support system with her family, friends and her husband. Amazing memior by an amazingly strong woman.

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It taught me a lot about the ramifications mental illness can have on our lives. Even when your stable it sneaks up on them and you.

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Hornbacher is about my age, for crying out loud. And it’s true what Marya says; a lot of Bipolar people visit their doctor or therapist before killing themselves.

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: Oh, and the obsessions and compulsions and the lovely paranoia and the wondering why the people around us actually stick around.

Undetected in the sense that it was undiagnosed, but as Madness shows Hornbacher has been living with mental illness from a young age. An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar disorder, reflecting major new insights When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: