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In bursts of prose that mirror the devastating highs and extreme lows of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster life with shocking honesty - from glamorous parties to a night in jail; from flying 14 kites off the edge of a cliff in a thunderstorm to crying beneath her office desk; from electroshock therapy to a suicide attempt fueled by tequila and prescription painkillers. With Manic, Cheney gives voice to the unarticulated madness she endured.
The clinical terms used to describe her illness were so inadequate that she chose to focus instead on her own experience, in her words, "on what bipolar disorder felt like inside my own body." Here, the events unfold episodically, from mood to mood, the way she lived and remembers life. In this way, the listener is able to viscerally experience the incredible speeding highs of mania and the crushing blows of depression, just as Cheney did.
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By GirlDotson on 05-14-18
Best memoir for bipolar awareness I've read yet!
It's like Terri Cheney and I have shared so many of the same experiences. Excellent! Thank you for telling your story! It helped me better see I am not alone.
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