Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey through Bipolar Disorder by Karen Winters SchwartzWhere Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey through Bipolar Disorder by Karen Winters Schwartz

Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey through Bipolar Disorder

byKaren Winters Schwartz

Paperback | September 21, 2010

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As eighteen-year-old Amanda spirals into mania, her father, psychiatrist Dr. Jerry Benson, sees the realization of his worst fears: his daughter is not just moody, but truly ill. With his words, his diagnosis-manic depressive illness-his world and that of his family is forever altered. Carol, Amanda's mother, struggles with the guilt and shame of having raised a "crazy" daughter. Christy, Amanda's fifteen-year-old sister, denies the illness; after all, my sister's a bitch is so much easier to accept.

Meanwhile, the Bensons' extended family offers up everything from unconditional support to uncomfortable scrutiny as Amanda careens between bouts of frightening violence, cosmic euphoria, and suicidal despair. Then there's Ryan, an architecture student who is initially ensnared by Amanda's manic sexuality, but is ultimately captured and held throughout the chaos by the force of love and strength of family.

Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder follows a family through the tragedy of bipolar disorder, but it's not tragic. It's funny, sad, and thought provoking--and as real and as raw as mental illness itself.

Karen Winters Schwartz was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. She wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher, Mrs. Schneider, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did not write again for forty years. Educated at The Ohio State University, both Karen and her husband have shared a career in o...
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Title:Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family's Journey through Bipolar DisorderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.34 × 5.6 × 0.65 inPublished:September 21, 2010Publisher:Goodman Beck PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0979875560

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