Manic: A Memoir by TERRI CHENEYManic: A Memoir by TERRI CHENEY

Manic: A Memoir


Paperback | February 3, 2009

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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.

Having specialized in intellectual property and entertainment law at several prominent Los Angeles firms, Terri Cheney now devotes her talents to the cause of mental illness. She was named a member of the board of the California Bipolar Foundation and the Community Advisory Board of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program. She is also...
Title:Manic: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:February 3, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061430277

ISBN - 13:9780061430275


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! Terri's memoir is unlike any memoir I have ever read. Where as most memoirs tell the authors lives in the order it happened Terri's goes order. She writes about her bipolar in "episodes." As she says in her preface "...I rarely remember events in terms of date or sequence." Cheney's bipolar is extremely bad. So much so, that while she is manic, she sometimes wakes up not knowing what she did the night before. While she is in the depressed state of it, she's suicidal and has tried more than a few times to kill herself. This is definitely the real story of bipolar, and it's scary. Although written "episodically" it does still make sense, and you are able to piece things together. It is written very well, Terri is great at articulating how she felt while manic, depressed and about life in general. You are almost able to feel how she was feeling...almost. An amazing memoir. A must read for everyone who enjoys memoirs of this kind, and anyone who is curious about bipolar.
Date published: 2009-04-05

Editorial Reviews

“Amazing and powerful...[MANIC] forces the reader into Cheney’s bipolar world, into her deep and fearful depressions mixed with her giddy, high-flying manic moods.”