In Madness, Hornbacher relates that bipolar can spawn eating disorders, Library Journal (starred review) “With haunting candor, Marya Hornbacher takes us. The problem here may be that Hornbacher doesn’t remember much of her own life, which would make writing a memoir difficult. Read Madness by Marya Hornbacher by Marya Hornbacher by Marya Hornbacher for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and.

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Aug 25, Erica rated it did not like it. When I stop reading, I look around at my life and it looks like it’s painted in pastels. I would have given this a 4, but I gave ‘Wasted’ a 4 and I thought that ‘Wasted’ was a lot better.

Hornbacher seems to believe that her illness is purely neurological, but she doesn’t use science or research to prove it.

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

Not that these people, not that Marya, is lying to ME when she fugues out: I did find this book incredibly valuable to read because my previous mmadness of bipolar was entire academic.

I love Hornbacher’s books. It is a life of which I am fiercely protective. More By and About This Author. The happy ending here is that Marya has not yet succeeded in accidentally or purposefully killing herself or others. May 12, Kris rated it really liked maryaa.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

As she grows older, Hornbacher’s episodes become more severe. I read this book. And rightly so according to her accounts of her stays at the hospital.

In the end, however, this was a satisfying, page-turning memoir. Madness is a free-flowing and honest memoir about what life with bipolar disorder is like, but it’s also a story of an interesting and varied life, from feuding parents to spending nights as a child talking to multiple imaginary friends, from electroshock therapy to finding a husband who loves her unconditionally, this book is just like as if you’ve lived this life yourself.


An alcoholic by this point, she was alternating between mania and depression, with frequent hospitalizations. You end up feeling just as frustrated as she was in trying to get help for her problems. Lack of understanding of her condition and continual misdiagnosis had Marya self-medicating with alcohol, amphetamines, depressants and narcotics cocaine as early as 13, as well as suffering from hypersexuality and practicing self-mutilation.

Her condition prevents any medication which may have worked, from having any noticeable effect. If Marya laments total loss of control, I lament the lack of. There is no happy ending. A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimiaabout an eating disorder so severe, she whittled herself down to 52 pounds and was given a week to live.

The book is well balanced between events and explanation of what occurs within her mind throughout these events. Hornbacher, 34, is the author of 3 books. In addition, the book includes a detailed resource section with madya and information on bipolar mwrya. With ECT and the disorder itself causing amnesia, memories are lost, memories are blurred, and some are perhaps fantasized in impressionistic streams, but they do swirl into place as sincere and emotionally accurate.

The question being whether treatment on children is safe or effective, and if anything can be done to prevent the progression of the disesase. I got about half way through and had madnews. Oh, and the obsessions and compulsions and the lovely paranoia and the wondering why the people around us actually stick around. And I’m terrified madnfss that reoccuring. The blue cover with pretty pictures was the only pleasant thing about this book. But I know it’d be a lot worse without my meds.


The trouble is that the static never clears enough to let us in. Likewise, she gives no real reason why she finally decides to get treatment for alcoholism.

Unfortunately, while the book might be a photo-finish accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be bi-polar, the problem with the book is that it’s a photo-finish accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be bi-polar. Not only is Marya suicidal, she’s also a cutter. Mar 06, Ally rated it it was amazing Shelves: In madnesss way, it takes over your mind.

Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone: It is a memoir that unlike others before it will undoubtedly imprint itself on the consciousness of those who chance to read it.

Given that, it’s somewhat miraculous she managed to write this book at all. This woman is definitely not a one pony track. She will never be the do-it-all woman of her dreams. And it’s true what Marya says; a lot of Bipolar people visit their doctor or therapist before killing themselves. She also describes how simple things can seem so overwhelming, which is actually spot-on. She describes crazy rages against her first husband, Julian, but only explains that they occur as madness “flipping of a switch”.

A little “crazy” as her friends from school would call her. Hornbacher does a great job of conveying the mwdness experience of bipolar disorder. You can learn more about Dr.

Rather, it came after years and madneas of cycling through incessant mania and debilitating depression.

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