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Madness: A Bipolar Life Book Review by Victoria Lingo

Victoria Lingo writes a brief review of Madness: A Bipolar Life

Madness: A Bipolar Life

By Marya Hornbacher

    Imagine a life in which your mind works in extreme ways, where you are riding a mental roller coaster, soaring up to the top of your potential and excitement, then craching into the deep, dark places of your fears. This is the ride that Marya Hornbacher brings you on in her intense autobiography, Madness: A Bipolar Life.

     Wild since childhood, Marya has struggled to fit in with her peers. After fourteen years of suffering a devastating eating disorder, she wrote her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, a prolgue to Madness. After publishing Wasted, Marya was immediately diagnosed with type 2 bipolar disorder, after a suicide attempt. Soon, though, she crashed through the line of having a disorder to being completely psychotic and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1, the most serious and severe type of the bipolar levels. Throughout the story, she rides the non-stop roller coaster of mania and depression---madness---as she experiences every twist and turn on the psychotic ride. This is a fast-paced book that takes you to the edge... and then kicks you off.

     Madness is a beautifully written story that is raw, real, and downright personal. You feel Marya's moods, reading like a maniac duiring her manic episodes and hopelessly during depressive ones. It takes you to the very core of a psychotic mind while the reality around you fades. This book is nearly impossible to put down, and it's a ride you won't forget.

Written by Victoria Lingo