A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness

A Brilliant Madness Living with Manic Depressive Illness A groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive of who live with or love someone who is Publishers Weekly In her revealing bestseller Call Me Anna Patty Duke shared her long kept secret The

  • Title: A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness
  • Author: Patty Duke Gloria Hochman Mary Lou Pinckert
  • ISBN: 9780553560725
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness

    A groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive of who live with or love someone who is Publishers Weekly 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 nearl A groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive of who live with or love someone who is Publishers Weekly 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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    1. Caitlin

      Patty Duke's sequel to her first memoir, "Call me Anna" is very brave. I haven't read her first one but "A Brilliant Madness" is a great book for those who are looking to understand Bi-polar disorder, also called "Manic-Depression." Patty Duke describes her tumultuous childhood and early adulthood, her manias that bordered on the psychotic, and her depressions that led her to attempt suicide countless times. What is brave to me about this book is its confessional tone. She admits how she torment [...]

    2. Doris A.

      Having laughed my way through Carrie Fisher's battles with manic depression (and other issues), I decided to stay on the mentally ill celebrity roll with a book by another figure embedded in the memories of those of us of a certain age: Patty Duke. This book interleafs the actress's own story with medical explanations of bipolar by a medical writer. Although the material is somewhat dated (the book was written in the late '80s when lithium was still the only real medication choice for manic depr [...]

    3. darrienmichael

      Duke is open and brutally honest in her account of her illness. I only gave it 3 stars because I don't like books written by actors, they are not writers and it usually ends up being overly dramatized. I would still recommend the book.

    4. Helen

      It was a brutally honest book, and I appreciate that. Well-written, informative, and it took me into her life -- although it was an actor's life, it expressed the pains and joys of living with bipolar.An excellent read.

    5. Patsy Parker

      This is an amazing book! Patty Duke is also a brilliant actress, and I think, personally, her illness is an asset to her acting!

    6. Mitzi Rene

      A brilliant madness, a brilliant book on the experience of that " madness". A classic must read about experiencing bipolar disease, including historical perspective from before it became a diagnosis, which was for decades diagnosed as depression. If you have had or know someone with BPD (or not), a should read. Promotes understanding, and attempts to combat the stigma of "mental illness"; which should have an -ism, i.e. I know there is more prejudice, misunderstanding, media alternative truths, [...]

    7. South Orange Library

      This book is a thorough discussion of the issues surrounding mental health, especially the illness of manic depression, now more commonly called bipolar disorder in the United States. Actress Patty Duke tells her life’s story of dealing with her fluctuations between mania and depression. In telling her story she also tells the historical approaches of psychiatry to the disease from the 1970s to the 1990s.I was interested in the book because I have a family member who has been diagnosed and str [...]

    8. Lori

      I read this book years ago when it first came out. I just finished reading it again.I liked the unique way it was written. Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman a medical reporter took turns in chapters discussing Manic Depression. Gloria writes chapters explaining manic depression, the medicines that could be used to help. She uses many individual cases from those who have the illness. I liked the personal cases that was shared. The other chapter were from Patty Duke herself I was very impressed with h [...]

    9. The Cute Little Brown-haired girl

      If you think you have bipolar, or think you know someone who does, or you want someone to be convinced they have ityou MUST read this. It is "real" and doesn't sugar coat the realities of this horrible, yet totally treatable disorder. Patty Duke writes this with absolute conviction and with the purity of the truth, not matter how difficult it is to read about, she makes no apologies for her life and it is all right here. Just read it. You will gain tremendous respect for these brave souls that f [...]

    10. Jessi

      Though this book is a bit older and thus some of the information about bipolar a tad bit dated, it does not take away from the value and helpfulness of this book. Patty Duke, whose real name is Anna, describes her life prior to her diagnosis as manic depressive and how she resolved things after being diagnosed. She led a pretty extreme life with very severe highs and lows before being diagnosed at age 35. I found a lot of inspiration in her story. Each chapter alternates between Anna's story and [...]

    11. The Cute Little Brown-haired girl

      I put this under discovery self help because it is about Patty Duke's bipolar disorder and she writes of her experience since being Helen in The Miracle Worker all the way up to her diagnosis. It is a great read, but also clues you into the signs and symptoms of this horrible mind-stealing disease that too many people needlessly suffer from without help or medication because of their own shame and embarassment to get help.

    12. Juliana

      A memoir of Patty Duke's struggle with manic depression, interspersed with information about the illness in alternating chapters.I didn't care much for the format, since by the time I read this work I already knew most of this information. Also, Duke's narrative is perhaps compelling, but not engaging in the way, say, Dr. Kay Jamison'sAn Unquiet Mindchallenges and evokes empathy. Simpler and perhaps more accessible than Jamison, but disappointing in comparison.

    13. Jonna

      This book was eye-opening to me and I learned so much about manic-depression. Not that Duke is an expert, but she definitely opened my eyes to the struggles the mentally ill face - especially when they are famous and well-known and expected to act a certain way. Great reading - especially if you want to learn about manic-depression. I think everyone should read this book.

    14. Kari

      Exceptional book on bipolar disorder, combining the author's struggle--including definitions, types, treatment modalities and encouragement. This was different, from other books on topic, as her media celebrity generated familiarity and intimacy for the reader. Greater understanding gained and highly recommended!

    15. Donna Davis

      This was fascinating to me. I grew up watching this actress as a child. There is bipolar disorder in my family, and reading about her life in its death grip before she was introduced to lithium made me feel that my family had gotten off very easily indeed. Written with warmth and humor, this is fascinating even if no form of mental illness has touched anyone close to you.

    16. Tricia

      Patty Duke does an abosulety fabulous job describing what it's like to live with bipolar (manic depression) disorder. She does a great job balancing both what it's like to live with bipolar disorder and tellling the facts of the illness and treatment options. It's worth reading, for sure.

    17. Terry Crawford Palardy

      This is a very well written and moving story of Patty Duke's journey through BiPolar Disorder. She explains her changes with honesty and sincerity, and without hyperbole. It is a must read for anyone who loves a person with bipolar symptoms.

    18. Carrie

      I got very tired of the switch from Patty's story and the psychologist's findings. I could not finish this book because I got very bored with it. I love reading about Bipolar Disorder, but this book made me feel strange and panicky. Didn't love it.

    19. Amber Giffen

      Very interesting book! I liked how it alternated between a personal narrative by patty duke and information about manic depression by Gloria Hochman. I learned a lot about this illness and I can totally relate to Patty's struggles with this disease!

    20. Deborah aka Reading Mom

      I read this many years ago as an introduction to the world of bi-polar disorder. It is still a good place to start for those who wish to be instructed about the condition from the viewpoint of one who lives with it.

    21. Sharon Porter-Moxley

      Marvelous. Patty Duke is a brave woman. She has opened a door on bi-polar illness. Everyone should read.

    22. Nicole

      It was good. Nothing special. The stories of her childhood were intriguing at first and quickly became repetitive. The chapters alternate between Patty Duke telling her stories, and medical information about manic depression written by Gloria Hochman. The book is a couple decades old now, so the information is pretty outdated, when lithium was basically the only option. Those chapters were alright at first, but halfway through the book I felt like they just dragged on too long, so I skipped them [...]

    23. Susan

      Patty Duke courageously decided to write about a taboo subject in this autobiography about mental illness in a time when people particularly Celebrities had an image to uphold. This book was written in 1992. She paved the way for other celebrities, doctors and prominent figures to come forward with their own struggles with mental illness and addiction issues.She describes in such intricate detail of how her journey of the incredible highs helped her career, marriage, motherhood and relationships [...]

    24. Joy

      Having read Patty Duke's book, Call Me Anna, I wanted to read this one, which focuses on her diagnosis of and treatment for bipolar disorder, which was then referred to as manic-depressive illness. The book's chapters alternate between Patty's account of dealing with the illness and information about the disorder, written by Gloria Hochman. The information is a bit dated and the only drug treatment at that time was lithium. There are now many more drug therapies available.That being said, it is [...]

    25. Amy Lynn

      A must read for anyone who fails to understand the complexities of bipolar disorder and for those who have confused the disorder with other treatable illnesses. Patty Duke takes a brave step forward by divulging her personal accounts in dealing with this illness. Although, her personally written chapters are less than polished, the way in which she delivers her message is both raw and honest. The book is formatted in alternating chapters between Patty Duke's personal struggles with bipolar disor [...]

    26. Robin T.

      I am just "coming out" about my bipolar diagnosis. In tandem with talking to family and friends, Duke's book was a good read. Her story helped me identify with another person living with bipolar, and I enjoyed the medical, informative information intertwined with her personal accounts. Though dated, this book was a good place for me to start as I explore what living with a mental illness means for me. It helped me realize the importance and power of a treatment plan. This book also validated my [...]

    27. Laura Murdoch

      Someone recommended this book to me in an effort to understand a friend that has been diagnosed with manic depressive disorder. While this book was written in the early 90's and is probably somewhat dated, I feel like I learned a lot about this illness. Prior to reading the book I though manic episodes were just incredible highs. I had no idea that there can also be a really alarming strange psychosis as well like schizophrenia. The depressions are also more than the run of the mill, "I feel sad [...]

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