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Manic: A Memoir Paperback – February 3, 2009
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“Written in episodic chapters that mimic the ups and downs of bipolar depression—hypomania, mania, depression—Cheney’s book is a gut-churning ride.” (Los Angeles Times)
“[a] gritty, vibrant, memoir brings this chaotic frenzy to life...through disaster and despair to end in hope. ” (Peter C Whybrow MD author A Mood Apart)
“This is a poignant and compelling memoir ...The writing is outstanding, the story is gripping.” (Dr. Lori Altshuler, Director of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program)
“Cheney brilliantly brings us along on her haunting and riveting journey of bipolar disorder. ...MANIC is extremely powerful.” (Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania)
“Filled with gorgeous writing...Echoes of William Styron abound.” (Demitri F. Papolos. M.D. and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child)
“[Manic is] more than a train-wreck tearjerker, the memoir draws strength from salient observations…startlingly lucid descriptions.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Cheney...writes with passionate clarity about depression and the lure of suicide but with especially keen intensity about mania...” (Boston Globe)
“Superb...Cheney’s remarkable chronicle of her painful odyssey is as eloquent as it is brave. It is also profoundly necessary, both for her and for us.” (Providence Journal)
“Amazing and powerful...[MANIC] forces the reader into Cheney’s bipolar world, into her deep and fearful depressions mixed with her giddy, high-flying manic moods.” (Orange County Register)
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Top Customer Reviews
During those intervening years, I also pushed my writing hobby (probably cathartic in the beginning) into a full-time career. Which meant that I was forced to (and still do) live primarily out of my own head. That's not always a pleasant place to be. Too many nightmares exist there. And I've learned throughout my life where all the weak points are. When I'm in a downward spiral, I attack myself unmercifully. When I'm in an upward spiral, I can't sit still.
I started figuring out my own coping mechanism, based on materials and books I'd read. But that was only after I figured out what I was going through was different than the life other people dealt with. In fact, my first clues as to what I had to face were given to me by friends that suffered from the same anxieties and pressures.
These conditions aren't easy to deal with for the person who has them. Or for the people around them.
When I first read about Terri Cheney's book, MANIC, I immediately wanted to review it. Here was a successful person who admittedly dealt with the same issues I had, but I didn't know how honest she was going to be about those problems.Read more ›
My wife has bipolar disorder, and many of the situations that Cheney describes ring true with my own observations and the way my wife describes her own manic mood episodes.
Cheney's writing style is superb, bringing each scene to life and moving the book along at a rat-a-tat-tat manic pace. I couldn't put it down.
As co-author of Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
and someone who has a loved one with bipolar disorder, I highly recommend this book. Those who have experienced bipolar mania will find comfort in her words, and friends and family of people with bipolar disorder will gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of their loved ones.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone could read this groundbreaking, fun & interesting quick read for authentic understanding of mood problems that need medication as well as other supports. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Theresa
I read this because I'm bipolar, and I don't know any other person with this diagnosis. Many of the author's descriptions of manic and depressive episodes describe exactly how I... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hard to comment on such a personal story. While I enjoyed it, I did not crave to read more. Because it was organized by episodes, it read more like short stories.Published 18 days ago by michelle henderson
Appreciate the honest and forthcoming information from a person struggling with the disease of manic depression. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nancy
I appreciated reading from this Author's own actual words and thoughts. It clarified a lot of issues I have encountered associating with persons
with this tragic problem. Read more
Intense but confusing because of author's choice to write about incidents out of time sequence. Very open, transparent. Disturbing.Published 1 month ago by anita
This book is hard to put down. Terri Cheney tells a very raw and gripping story about her mental illness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hannah