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A brilliant madness : living with manic-depressive illness

Author: Patty Duke; Gloria Hochman
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1992.
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In her revealing bestseller Call Me Anna, Patty Duke shared her long-kept secret: the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal Narratives
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Duke, Patty, 1946-
Brilliant madness.
New York : Bantam Books, 1992
(OCoLC)762204525
Named Person: Patty Duke
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patty Duke; Gloria Hochman
ISBN: 0553072560 9780553072563
OCLC Number: 25317457
Description: xxvii, 285 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: My friend Anna / Mary Lou Pinckert --
A disease? Thank God! --
Illness or eccentricity? --
Looking backward --
The many faces of manic-depressive illness --
Why me? --
Who gets manic-depressive illness? --
My little beige pill --
Treatments that work --
Acting it out --
The creativity connection --
My family and friends --
Families suffer and learn --
Life after manic depression --
Resources for the mentally ill and their families.
Responsibility: Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman.

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In her revealing bestseller Call Me Anna, Patty Duke shared her long-kept secret: the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress 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. In this text, the actress joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on illness. From what it's like to live with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this book provides insight into the challenge of mental illness. It also 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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