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A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness [Paperback]

By Patty Duke (Author) & Gloria Hochman (Contribution by)
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Item description for A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke & Gloria Hochman...

The Oscar-winning actress and a medical reporter describe what it is like to live with manic depression, the latest findings on its probable causes, its wide range of symptoms, and its most effective treatments. Reprint.

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In her revealing bestseller "Call Me Anna, " Patty Duke shared her long-kept secret: the talented, Oscar-winning actress who won our hearts on "The Patty Duke Show" was suffering from a serious-but-treatable-mental illness called manic depression. For nearly twenty years, until she was correctly diagnosed at age thirty-five, she careened between periods of extreme euphoria and debilitating depression, prone to delusions and panic attacks, temper tantrums, spending sprees, and suicide attempts. Now in "A Brilliant Madness" Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on this powerful, paradoxical, and destructive illness. From what it's like to live with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this compassionate and eloquent book provides profound insight into the challenge of mental illness. And though Patty's story, which ends in a newfound happiness with her cherished family, it offers hope for all those who suffer from mood disorders and for the family, friends, and physicians who love and care for them.

Citations And Professional Reviews
A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness by Patty Duke & Gloria Hochman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 503
  • Library Journal - 06/01/1998 page 75
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 374

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bantam
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1999
Publisher   Bantam
ISBN  0553560727  
ISBN13  9780553560725  

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The Patty Duke Show  Feb 13, 2008
Can someone please give this book to Britney Spears? I'm not joking. I first read this book about 9 years ago when I was studying psychology in college and it was always one of my very favorite books on this subject. Because Ms. Duke is able to speak to the reader in such simple (yet interesting) words. Except for the old-fashioned term "manic depressive illness" (according to the APA, the correct term is bipolar, which sounds way more PC) this book is totally on the money. Another great book I recommend is Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface. In 2008 it seems rather common for celebrities to discuss their dementia, and anything else that the public wants to know. So it may seem hard to fathom that less than thirty years ago none of this was discussed publicly because it was considered "career suicide." But Patty Duke was the very first star who candidly discussed her own mental illness in her autobiography . In my eyes, she is a true shero.
Surprisingly comprehensive  Jan 17, 2008
Celebrities who come out about a physical or mental illness help us get past shame, but Patty Duke does a lot more in this autobiography where she alternates her memories with professionally written chapters about bipolar illness. As a mental health advocate, I recommend this book especially to give to people with the illness who aren't ready for technical or self-help books.
A Revelation of what it's like to be manic-depressive  Dec 28, 2007
If you want to know some of the unbelieveable, unbearable pain and suffering of an un-treated manic-depressive, read this book. How Patty Duke lived to tell her story is a miracle. Thank God she finally found her way out of her madness She gives hope to her fellow sufferers. From the perspective of gut-wrenching pain just reading her account, the book works wonderfully. But as a narrative, I found it hard to follow. I felt jerked around from eposide to eposide. There didn't seem to be a timeline I could follow to know what happened, when. Also, it was very distracting to have to plow through the pages of medical, technical information that were dispersed throughout the book. Overall, it's a fine description of the illness, but frustrating to read.
An Honest Picture of Bipolar Disorder  Nov 16, 2007
I just finished this book, and I thought it was very readable and an excellent memoir describing issues related to bipolar. The honesty with which the book is written is commendable. I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to learn more about this disorder and how helpful appropriate treatment can be.
Fabulous!  Oct 5, 2007
This book is both entertaining and informative with loads of references and resources....I highly recommend it, especially for someone just starting the research into what this desease is all about.

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