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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When I get the alcohol out of my system, even I can tell that the madness is receding. Hornbacher recalls moments from her childhood, such as her terrible insomnia and inability to stop jabbering flying from topic to topic with no coherent train of thought. Hirnbacher she realizes she hasn’t taken a shower, takes a shower, while still wearing the dress. Despite its subject matter, Madness is an entertaining read.

I am afraid of myself, the self that was mad. And it’s true what Marya says; a lot of Bipolar people visit their doctor or therapist before killing themselves. Mar 08, Rebecca McNutt rated madnness really liked it Shelves: As far as I have come in her book, I get the impression that this book was written to portray how badly she suffered.

A Bipolar Life Author: Maybe I was more engaged because it is more relevant to me, whatever the reason I could not put it down.


By the age of 10 she discovered alcohol helped her mood swings, and by age 14, she was hormbacher sex for pills Madness: I horhbacher woman, hear me roar, eh, eh?

Although painfully self-absorbed, Hornbacher will touch a nerve with readers struggling to cope with mental illness.

And then, almost overnight, a spider web of cracks starts to spread across my brain. Despite the spell in a state institution, I’ve won a scholarship to college. But with so little knowledge about bipolar disorder then, or really about mental illness at all, no one knows what to look for, no one knows what they’re looking at when they’re looking at me.

But this book shows not just tells with surprising clarity what it is to be insane. I read Hornbacher’s first book, Wasted, when a friend of mine was suffering with an eating disorder. A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher. View all 4 comments.

Finally, I’m sent to rehab. Likewise, she gives no real reason why she finally decides to get treatment for alcoholism. I’ve snuck in and am squatting in it. If this review was only based on the beginning and end of this book, I would give it a 5-star rating. I would like try and contact her so I can get a copy of her daily journal that she briefly talks about at the end of the book and start doing the same thing.

I don’t need to read the rest. The book picks up where Wasted leaves off, covering the last 10 years of Hornbacher’s life, when she discovers that her real problem all along has been bipolar disorder.


At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disorder. I examine, enchanted, my feet in their blue hospital booties, while someone speaks in soft tones to me and says I am psychotic, but it’s going to be all right. Separating a behavior from a symptom is a challenge to everyone fighting stigma. It runs down my arm, wrapping around my wrists and dripping off my fingers on to the dirty white tile floor. Her book about eating disorders appealed to a wider public because 1; it was written before her Bipolar disorder came out of the woodworks it usually does in your 20’sand 2; Eating disorders are a whole lot easier to understand, and a topic that is very much spoken about.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Reading this was like stepping into a whole different world. The life I live, even the person I am, is nearly unrecognisable compared with life when madness was in control.

I found myself hornhacher by her experiences, a little frightened, and at some points I giggled in nervousness at some of the things she’s done. I am drugged, and so feel nothing at all, as the doctors scramble to find some combination of meds that will stabilise me.

Madness by Marya Hornbacher

In this way, it takes over your mind. She does not recover from her disease. Marya Hornbacher Reviewed by:

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