Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive Illness by Patty DukeBrilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive Illness by Patty Duke

Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive Illness

byPatty DukeContribution byGloria Hochman

Mass Market Paperback | February 4, 1997

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In her revealing bestseller Call Me Anna, Patty Duke shared her long-kept secret: the talented, Oscar-winning actress who won our hearts on The Patty Duke Show 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. Now in A Brilliant Madness Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on this powerful, paradoxical, and destructive illness. From what it's like to live with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this compassionate and eloquent book provides profound insight into the challenge of mental illness. And though Patty's story, which ends in a newfound happiness with her cherished family, it offers hope for all those who suffer from mood disorders and for the family, friends, and physicians who love and care for them.
Patty Duke (1946–2016) was a true show business legend whose career spanned six decades. Her Oscar win for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker made her, at the time, the youngest Academy Award winner. She also entered the history books as the youngest person to have a show bearing her full name, with The Patty Duke Show, on ...
Title:Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic Depressive IllnessFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.8 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:February 4, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553560727

ISBN - 13:9780553560725

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brilliant Madness This book is both a practical guide for everyday life AND an entertaining biographical adventure. Patty Duke,(or as she prefers to be called, Anna) is both courageous and humorous in her description of her own first hand experiences with manic depressive illness. Her co-author steps in between chapters to provide the reader with complete and helpful medical information that is easily understood; a much sought after resource for anyone needing an accurate diagnosis of this mysterious desease. It is a worthwhile sequel to her initial book, "Call Me Anna", and once again, demonstrates a genuine empathy for the victims of this desease and their families. A must read for those suffering from the paralysis associated with the stigma of mental illness and a wonderful effort at educating anyone who is fortunate enough to read this book to the end!
Date published: 2000-11-22

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The New York Times bestseller--Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke's remarkable chronicle of her struggle with manic depression along with medical reporter Gloria Hochman's illuminating information on the disease itself. Since her first bestselling book, Call Me Anna, Duke has emerged as an important spokesperson for mental health

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"A groundbreaking guide for those who are manic depressive of who live with or love someone who is."--Publishers Weekly