A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness

A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness

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Paperback, Bantam Books, 1993, ISBN # 0553560727
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The 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

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The 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

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.

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Number of Pages: 368
Original Languages: English
Subject: DUKE, PATTY, 1946-2016 ,  MANIC-DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
Author: Hochman, Gloria ,  Duke, Patty
Target Audience: Trade
Publisher: Random House
ISBN-13: 9780553560725
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.75 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0553560727
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I own Patty Duke's first book which is well written and it goes into her struggles with mania and depression along with her acting career. It's called Call me Anna. This book is written with a mental health professional and goes much deeper into the signs and various treatment forms for manic depressive illness---which is now called Bi-Polar. But the signs of mental illness and therapies are mostly the same ranging from medication that has been around for years vs new therapies. The book was written a while ago so there aren't references to some of the brand new drugs but the commentary gives the reader somewhere to start. There are case studies if you will of patients who are struggling with the same illness. Ms. Duke interjects her thoughts and ideas about how to lead a more balanced life through medication and routine.Sleep overall health diet routine ect. This is really helpful if you have a loved one suffering with mental illness as it can be stigmatizing.Written with care and clarity but no fluff.Take your medicine just like you would for high blood pressure!! Be well!!! Thanks a lot.

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