Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia Madness: A Bipolar Life – Kindle edition by Marya Hornbacher. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The problem here may be that Hornbacher doesn’t remember much of her own life, which would make writing a memoir difficult. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

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By the author of the groundbreaking memoir Wasted about her struggle with eating disorders written nearly a decade ago, Marya Hornbacher is back.

This time with a look at her struggle with bipolar disorder also known as manic depression in her new book, Madness: Bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings from elated highs to depressing lows. And in rapid cycling, such mood swings occur more frequently than normally. Her writing style makes it feel like you are there with her — in her life, in her mind — experiencing the same things that she is.

You not only get a close-up look of bipolar disorder, but also of all of her attempts at diagnosis and treatment, including multiple hospitalizations. And how difficult it is to find a treatment regiment that actually works.

You end up feeling just as frustrated as she was in trying to get help for her problems. Real life is messy, and so is the book. Written with real-world dialogue including the liberal use of profanities and messy situations of a life in progress, the book is not for the feint of heart. The numerous setbacks she experiences only makes you appreciate every time she finds a moment of happiness or peace. Shortly into the book, you begin rooting for her, as though she were some fictional character in a novel.


It shows up without calling and sits in your kitchen ashing in your plant. You ask how long it plans to stay; it shrugs its shoulders, gets up, and starts digging through the fridge. The book is highly recommended, if you can stomach the rawness of it and the descriptions of the self-injury behavior, for anyone who has a loved one in their life grappling with bipolar disorder, or really any serious mental disorder.

Hornbachet people who have bipolar disorder, Ms. Bipolar disorder and literary genius are often linked, the disorder considered a brilliant madness that produces great writers. She herself is an ultra high achieving person living with bipolar. Here now is Marya Hornbacher to push the image further with her memoir, Madness.

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

Well, not too much. This is a person who has had some very grandiose moments during her manic episodes, and enjoys sharing them hornbacyer Madness. But, she has led a truly grand life. Her first memoir, Wasteda detailed very detailed account of her struggle with an eating disorder, made her rich and adored by millions. By reflecting her mirror image to readers she showed them that she was similar to what they see in their own mirrors, and inspired some to recover.

Wasted helped readers with bulimia and anorexia to perceive themselves in new ways. There is a similar dynamic here in Madnessusing bipolar disorder. Separating a behavior from a symptom is a challenge to everyone fighting stigma. Is the person acting strangely due to a moral failing or biology?

Madness by Marya Hornbacher

By laying down snapshot after snapshot Hornbacher creates overlays, patterns clearly found in symptoms that are absent between hornbzcher. In doing this she also shows us cracks in the mental hprnbacher system: A spoonful of whipped cream is lavished on top.

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. Hornbacher is hornbaacher with Bipolar I ultra-rapid cycling. She describes her mood swings as diurnal waking depressed, becoming hypomanic at night as well as longer underlying cycles in seasonal episodes.


Predictable for her is to be manic in summer, depressed in winter. Studies have also identified people who are manic in spring, and suicide rates also peak at that time of year. Developing an eating disorder at nine and doing cocaine at thirteen are explained as self-medicating her mood swings.

Hornbacher seems to have that competitive streak sometimes seen among people with severe mental illness: Heightened by vital, kinetic words. But describing helpless psychosis makes for better heroism, more to admire as clarity re-emerges from dark fogs. Even in that ideal setting, among the books of those extremely smart and talented women, her memoir shines just a little brighter. Want to buy the book or learn more? Check out the book on Amazon. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health horbacher, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology hornbaacher — as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior — since Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today’s society.

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Marya Hornbacher Reviewed by: Another review of this book: Hot Topics Today 1. What’s in a Word: Asperger’s and the APA.