Manic: A Memoir

Terri Cheney

Manic: A Memoir

Manic: A Memoir

  • Title: Manic: A Memoir
  • Author: Terri Cheney
  • ISBN: 9780061430237
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover

I didn t tell anyone that I was going to Santa Fe to kill myself On the outside, Terri Cheney was a highly successful, attractive Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer But behind her seemingly flawless fa ade lay a dangerous secret for the better part of her life Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder and concealing a pharmacy s worth of prescriptions meant I didn t tell anyone that I was going to Santa Fe to kill myself On the outside, Terri Cheney was a highly successful, attractive Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer But behind her seemingly flawless fa ade lay a dangerous secret for the better part of her life Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder and concealing a pharmacy s worth of prescriptions meant to stabilize her moods and make her normal In bursts of prose that mirror the devastating highs and extreme lows of her illness, Cheney describes her roller coaster life with shocking honesty from glamorous parties to a night in jail from flying fourteen kites off the edge of a cliff in a thunderstorm to crying beneath her office desk from electroshock therapy to a suicide attempt fueled by tequila and prescription painkillers.With Manic, Cheney gives voice to the unarticulated madness she endured The clinical terms used to describe her illness were so inadequate that she chose to focus instead on her own experience, in her words, on what bipolar disorder felt like inside my own body Here the events unfold episodically, from mood to mood, the way she lived and remembers life In this way the reader is able to viscerally experience the incredible speeding highs of mania and the crushing blows of depression, just as Cheney did Manic does not simply explain bipolar disorder it takes us in its grasp and does not let go.In the tradition of Darkness Visible and An Unquiet Mind, Manic is Girl, Interrupted with the girl all grown up This harrowing yet hopeful book is than just a searing insider s account of what it s really like to live with bipolar disorder It is a testament to the sharp beauty of a life lived in extremes.

Recent Comments "Manic: A Memoir"

To be clear: there are bipolar rich people and there are bipolar pretty people and there are bipolar pretty, rich people, and all of their experiences are as valid and worthy of attention as people from humbler backgrounds who, by no fault of anything except nature and human vapidness, fade while said pretty, rich people glow. Cheney knows this glow really well and knows she has it. In fact, half of this book seems to be about how pretty and well-off Terri Cheney is. That grates on me. It doesn' [...]

OK, I got to chapter 14 out of 17. I just could NOT bring myself to finish this dreck of a book. How much more can I hear about the beautiful, pretty, petite, redheaded, virtually hairless, wonderful, redheaded, rich, refined, redheaded, educated, fantabulous, heroic, redheaded, amazing, terrific, redheaded, wealthy, sympathetic, redheaded Terri Chenney? This wasn't an account of her illness, this was an account of all the nice stuff she has and how pretty she is and how all that, still - to her [...]

I asked my local library to order this book so I could read it. Boy, what an eye-opener! I sat down on my couch with this book last nightd 3 hours later, I was done with it.Amazing. I was practically out of breath, fatigued, all by this woman's words describing her life. I can't even begin to imagine living in her skin.Amazing.Read this if you are not faint of heart. It ain't pretty. But it sure is real.

There's nothing wrong with the writing in this memoir. It's not astounding, but it's clear and compelling. The description of bipolar disorder seems accurate (to one who is not afflicted, but has known many who are), and it's told in an interesting way -- episodically, which is in keeping with the subject matter.What's wrong is the protagonist. Should I be allowed to judge the person behind the memoir? That the Universe should save me from such judgment.I brought the book back to the library, so [...]

2.5 stars. Memoir about a bipolar woman. Although she states from the beginning the reason the book is told in non-linear fashion, and though this format does indeed give a deeper context to her disease, I found it off-putting. I guess I must like my memoirs linear or something. I just found her really, really hard to like because we're just dropped into a manic episode with no background, etc. The book felt like an endless loop of her telling us she's a redhead, a super duper successful lawyer, [...]

This is an intense memoir by a lawyer with bipolar disorder. Terry Cheney is very smart and successful but also very ill, and this book throws the reader into some awful experiences from page one – where she’s manic, determined to kill herself, and momentarily thwarted in her suicide plan when she’s locked out of her apartment; she unintentionally flirts with the locksmith, who sexually assaults her and then saves her life. Not all events in the book are this extreme, of course, but it is [...]

It feels too personal writing a review of such a revealing autobiographical book, as though criticizing any aspect of the writing would amount to criticizing the life of a person who has obviously suffered a great deal from mental illness, which would not at all be my intent. I would guess, though, that the author would want it reviewed straight, with no sense of affirmative action or what have you, so here goes.What I loved about this book is the vividness of description. She doesn't just say " [...]

I'm not manic, nor have I ever been manic. But I could relate to a lot of what was in the book because she talks about the depression side of manic depression a great deal, and I have experience with that. We both have people in our lives who tell us that our medications (mood stabilizers, antidepressants, etc.) are addictive (they are not) and we should stop taking all that stuff and just pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. We both know how impossible that is. Adn I am frankly amazed that none [...]

I would give this 2 1/2 stars, if I could. It seems like a trashy beach novel, which seems strange to say, since it's supposed to be a memoir about the struggle of living with bipolar disorder (manic depression).Terri Cheney seems to want the reader to know that she is beautiful. Her red hair is amazing. Her skin is perfectly alabaster. She is really sad about not being able to gain weight and be larger than a size zero. She owns clothing and shoes by Chanel, drove a Porsche, loves MAC sheer plu [...]

At its best Manic offers insight, albeit through salacious voyeurism, into mental illness. My main issue with this book though is that I simply did not like the writer. By constantly referring to her own beauty, sexiness, successful education and career, well-to-do family (led by "daddy"), she completely turned me off. The moment she compared her plight to that of Rodney King was it for me.

Yep, one day to read! Brilliant job Terri! The author's writing takes you on a manic trip with her and you just can't put the book down

I really enjoyed this, but I don't think I would recommend this read to a lot of audiences. This is because some of it is a little un-nerving for those who believe in the "stigma" of bipolar and do not fully understand these experiences. Readers should educate themselves with bipolar and learn about the offensive myths that society has come to believe full hearted-ly about people suffering with mental illnesses.

I have never read a book on manic-depression that described what it is like through the ups and downs of the disease so perfectly. I would recommend this book to anyone who is bi-polar or knows someone who is. For me, it made me feel that I am not alone in what I go through. The actions/feelings that I just can't help sometimes are "normal", if there were such a thing.

This was a really interesting book that gave excellent insight on a patient suffering from manic-depression. It's a quick read, and you'll find yourself thinking about it long after you finish the book. Also, if you are wondering what may go on in Britney Spears' mind, this is a great book for you! :)

Cheney is relentless with pressing her mania against the reader, rarely letting up. She's written the narrative in scattered fragments, to mimic her manic mind, which works well because each story is self contained, and they do, in a way, weave together. She writes her prose the same way she's lived her life, intense and unconventional as she describes her life's miserable lows and sometimes catastrophic highs. Anyone who knows someone close to them who suffers from mental illness would gain muc [...]

Not without its well-rendered, vivid, recognizable descriptions of mania and, more sporadically, its moments of intelligence and insight and wit, but overwhelmingly an unsatisfying read on multiple levels. First there is the problem of its structure, its arrangement, to which there seems to be no discernible logic, so that tracking Cheney—both as writer and as subject—in time and in context is impossible. One never knows what portion of her life—what the state of her career might be, with [...]

For someone who has not suffered from mental illness and only ever had to grapple with mild seasonal depression, books like Manic almost seem like fiction to me. I am morbidly interested in the experiences of people grappling with mental illness, mostly because I want to try and understand them.A few years ago, my best friends sister attempted suicide. Thankfully, she was found and stopped in time, but the ramifications have continued to this day. This is one of the first books I've read on mani [...]

MANIC: A MEMOIR provides excellent insight into the events in the life of an adult with bipolar disorder (aka manic-depressive disease). Cheney highlights key markers along the progression of her mental illness as an adult. Touching on events that occurred prior to her diagnosis, as well as some that occurred after, Cheney takes us on a retrospective journey through these events from the perspective of her internal process of recognizing specific thought patterns, physical sensations, moods, and [...]

wow I started to read this book for two reasons First was because I read a book by Katy Evans (real) where the hero is bipolar, and I just wanted to know more about it and how much of the book was real Second was for my psychiatry course, I saw bipolar patients everyday, and I just had to understand them better OMG This book was so hard to read, it talks about the author of the book who struggles with manic-depressive disorder (bipolar), she has written about a different episode of either mania [...]

Terri Cheney details her fight with manic depression through a sequence of non-chronological chapters. She makes it clear at the beginning that this book reflects her life as she has experienced it. It does, on the other hand, result in some doubling-up in the chapters that maybe a part of the mania itself. For example, in quite a few chapters, Cheney describes how sharp each sense develops into during manic episode. The descriptions are the same from chapter to chapter although the circumstance [...]

I’ve never had manic depression or ’bipolar’ in my life in any way – until my favorite character from a TV show got diagnosed with it – cut to next scene - and here I am reading a ”my life with bipolar” book.So to the people who say TV shows don’t teach our kids anything; I guess you’re wrong? ;)I wouldn’t say I now know everything about bipolar after reading this book, definitely not, but it’s written by a woman who lives with the diagnosis, so it definitely gives you an i [...]

I learned of this book while watching a PBS station and Barry Kibrick was thoroughly reviewing Manic with its author, Terri Cheney. He is a great reviewer. I thought it would be an interesting book. I just finished it and it truly is an amazing account of Cheney's life as a manic depressive. Each chapter is an "event" in her life, wherein she describes in vivid detail her feelings and thoughts about what is occuring in her body and mind during that time. I found it fascinating. It's not a long b [...]

This was a decent book though it was not as compelling as I had expected - perhaps due to the lack of chronology. It was quite matter-of-fact and not as emotional as I had thought it would be considering the subject matter. It did however give a good insight to living life with bipolar disorder and it was interesting to read about manic experiences alongside depressive episodes. The main reason I enjoyed this book was because it was different - facing up to mania.

This was a roller-coaster ride of a book. I really liked the way she wrote it out of sequence due to her not recalling when her episodes happened or in what order, that's quite unusual but it worked. This really opened my eyes to bi-polar disorder and the turmoil involved, I had no idea how bad it could be. My heart truly goes out to her and to anyone battling with this disorder.

This book is amazing. It really puts you in the shoes of a bi-polar person rather then just reading about the illness. If you know anyone who is Bi-polar, this is a must read. While I am certainly not a severe as this woman, it does give you a very good idea of what this illness is like.

Really powerful book. This woman has been through everything and then some.

I feel paranoid for even putting this up (because someone might make the wrong assumption about me) but I LOVE books about mental illness and mental institutions.

If you want to get into the mind of someone with Bipolar Disorder, this is a good way to do it. The author, however flawed she may be, bares herself to describe her own experiences living with Bipolar Disorder. She's a solid writer, taking the reader along with her through her depressions, manias, and mixed episodes. I've seen other reviewers comment negatively on her privilege and how annoying her self-descriptions can be. I confess I felt the same way when I began reading, but we should extend [...]

Bipolar disorder from the inside out. Each chapter is its own vignette (often regarding a puzzling or traumatic event) strung loosely with other chapters in a non-linear fashion and often without satisfactory closure. The tone is dead-pan, the secondary characters flat. Something about the disjointed, frustrating manner in which the stories are conveyed and secondary characters portrayed, however, provides what feels like unique insight into bipolar disorder. I'm curious to know how the memoir h [...]

What an incredible and heartbreaking relief it is to read how mania, hypomania, and depression FEEL in my very own body. As a woman with bipolar disorder, who watched her dreams of world domination fall apart, I have felt just like the author. It was a joy and a horror to read so much of my own story in hers. I highly recommend this book to those who struggle, those who want to better understand loved ones, and those who are simply curious.

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