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Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness by [Duke, Patty]
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"A groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive of who live with or love someone who is."--"Publishers Weekly"

" A groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive of who live with or love someone who is." --"Publishers Weekly"

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3351 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (8 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00338075O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #453,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patty Duke's book A Brilliant Madness is the first real good information about bi-polar disorder I have been able to put my hands on! The medical backup informatiom that Gloria Hochman contributes has given me an almost umlimited list of resources to also turn to. I read this book because my 9yr old son and my current husband are both diagnosed as bi-polar, but as I read this intense book I was amazed by feelings of fear, relief, sadness, and anger. I was able to relate to much of what I read and began to see myself which is scary. I now want to find help for all of us as our area is devoid of support groups and other local means of coping with this illness. This book is truly "Brilliant" in both the writing style and the content and has given me some hope in an otherwise bleak future. I strongly recomend this book to anyone where Manic Depression has touched their lives.
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I have manic depressive illness. When I was told that this was what was wrong with me I felt very alone, as if I was the only one on the planet who was going through this. I had so many questions, but I didn't know where to begin asking. This book not only answered all my questions, but it was so reassuring to read of the struggles this obviously intelligent (and sane!) woman had gone through. Alternating Anna's story with chapters of a more medical nature made it all that much more real. This was not a theoretical book, but a story of the very real struggles this illness brings into your life. I recommend it to anyone who has this illness themselves, or has a friend or family member with it.
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This book is so informative as it discusses so many different doctors, their research on the debiliatating illness, and what is being done on the illness. One can learn about all the different possible causes, different treatments, and realize that with all the pain, there are gifts that we have. (I am bipolar, too.) God Bless Patty for the book, and we need more to come forward. Some of the autobiography is frightening, but I believe that each person with the illness is multifaceted, and I believe that a lot of the frightening parts of the book were before she was on medication.
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This book was instrumental in my excepting the diagnosis of Bi-polar disorder. This book helped me become comfortable with the term bi-polar and it being applied to me. Before reading this book, I felt like bi-polar made me defective, handicapped, less than perfect. Another flaw among the many that I have. After reading this book, not only was I able to accept the illness, but understand it. I didn't feel so alienated. I didn't feel helpless anymore. Thank you Patty for caring enough to share enough.
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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 1996
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A Brilliant Madness is helping me through some ofthe saddest days of
my life. I fell in love with someone who is bipolar, and our
relationship is currently on a fast track to oblivion.
Reading this book is helping me understand the illness as
well as feelings of those who suffer from the disease and
those who love them. There are no easy answers. The frankness
with which Patty Duke discusses her life and the
facts in alternating chapters are helping me focus on what is
possible in a relationship and what the limitations may be.
Thank you so much for your insights.
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I would say that this is one of the most informative books on manic-depression, or bipolar disorder. Patty Duke's work is read by all in the psychiatric community, and the fact that she became a spokesperson for mental health did wonders to remove some of its stigma. It does more than tell her personal story. It is filled with up-to-date information on the illness, and should be read by those with the disorder, as well as their family members. It gives hope to those with bipolar disorder who accept the fact that they must stay on their medication and keep appointments with their doctor.
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Patty Duke had already told us her bouts with this illness in Call Me Anna, her auto biography. One would think that they had heard enough from her on this topic, but that isn't so. This as well as Call Me Anna gives the insights of a brilliant actress and a wonderful person, who for a time totally destryed her life and the people in it. Once she was diagnosed with Manic-Depression in 1982, she began getting well and is now not only an author of two best-selling books on the subject, but a public speaker on the issue and is an inspiration to us all!! We love you Anna!
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I went out and bought this book the day after my 5th therapist diagnosed me as bipolar. She was the first to ever give me a reason and explanation for my life and its events. I read Anna's book in three hours and felt as though my life was finally being explained and someone was justifing who I was. Now that I know why I am the way I am I can move forward and realize that I am not a freak but a human with a chemical imbalance that is now being controlled with lithium. The book is well written from two points of view a medical and personal. The book gives a person a condensed packet of information that can be worked with as one does future research on bipolar disease. Education is the key to understanding and that was the point brough across by these two fine women. Thank you Anna for opening my eyes once again.
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