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Brilliant Madness - Patty Duke

Brilliant Madness

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780553560725
Number Of Pages: 338

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

My Friend Anna Mary Lou Pinckertp. ix
A Disease? Thank God!p. xvii
Illness or Eccentricity?p. xxiv
Looking Backwardp. 1
The Many Faces of manic-Depressive Illnessp. 31
Why Me?p. 63
Who Gets Manic-Depressive Illness?p. 80
My Little Beige Pillp. 117
Treatments That Workp. 140
Acting It Outp. 182
The Creativity Connectionp. 203
My Family and Friendsp. 230
Families Suffer and Learnp. 255
Life After Manic Depressionp. 281
Resources for the mentally Ill and Their Familiesp. 302
References and Notesp. 310
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780553560725
ISBN-10: 0553560727
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 11.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1