Manic: A Memoir

October 30, 2019 - Comment

An attractive, highly successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Terri Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder for the better part of her life—and concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her “normal.” In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of her illness,

An attractive, highly successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Terri Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder for the better part of her life—and concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her “normal.” In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster existence with shocking honesty, giving brilliant voice to the previously unarticulated madness she endured. Brave, electrifying, poignant, and disturbing, Manic does not simply explain bipolar disorder—it takes us into its grasp and does not let go.

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Anonymous says:

Excellent read This book is educational, personal and skillfully crafted. I have always been interested in how people cope with pain . I was a hospital chaplain and learned so much from patients. But when our 25-yr-old grandson hung himself in his bedroom closet two years ago, the world became a frightening place for me. This book helped me understand his battle and why he lost it. Thank you, Terri Cheney.

Anonymous says:

Well-Written account of one person’s struggle with Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Writing about mental illness is always a challenge. Trying to explain what is going on in your head when you’re riding a manic high can involve some scary things. Trying to write about the highs and lows of bipolar disorder in words that make non-suffers understand is not easy. As someone who has been bipolar for more than thirty years, I know first hand how tough it is to try and explain the ups and downs in ways that don’t trivialize the wave of emotions, or doesn’t reduce the feelings to…

Anonymous says:

High Powered Lawyer in Chanel Ballet Flats & Armani Suits Memoir & her Struggles with Bipolar I love that Cheney is a voice for the many suffering with this complicated disorder. Her memoir shines so much light on the disease and experiences with the mental health system.The fact that she is a high powered Entertainment lawyer who drives a porsche and wears Chanel Ballet flats & Armani Suits proves that mental illness does not discriminate and affects all classes of society.I could relate to her stories of navigating life in L.A. which by itself is its own…

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