An astonishing dispatch from inside the belly of bipolar
disorder, reflecting major new insights
When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of
Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have the piece of shattering
knowledge that would finally make sense of the chaos of her life.
At age twenty-four, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I
rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar
In Madness, in her trademark wry and utterly self-revealing voice,
Hornbacher tells her new story. Through scenes of astonishing
visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate
attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings by
self-starvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and self-mutilation.
How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but
destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and
sometimes beautiful life and marriage -- where bipolar always
beckons -- is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping
Madness delivers the revelation that Hornbacher is not alone:
millions of people in America today are struggling with a variety
of disorders that may disguise their bipolar disease. And
Hornbacher''s fiercely self-aware portrait of her own bipolar as
early as age four will powerfully change, too, the current debate
on whether bipolar in children actually exists.
Ten years after Kay Redfield Jamison''s An Unquiet Mind, this storm
of a memoir will revolutionize our understanding of bipolar
In her trademark wry and self-revealing voice, the bestselling author of "Wasted" tells her new story of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and takes readers inside her own desperate attempts to control her violently careening mood swings.