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Terri Cheney ripped the covers off her secret battle with bipolar disorder in her New York Times best-selling memoir, Manic. Now, in this "stigma-buster" and "must-read", she blends a gripping narrative with practical advice (Elyn Saks).

Cheney flips mental illness inside out, exposing the visceral story of the struggles, stigma, relationship dilemmas, treatments, and recovery techniques she and others have encountered. Sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing, Modern Madness is the ultimate owner's manual on mental illness, breaking this complex subject down into readily understandable concepts like instructions for use, troubleshooting, maintenance, and warranties. 

Whether you have a diagnosis, love or work with someone who does, or are just trying to understand this emerging phenomenon of our times, Modern Madness is a courageous clarion call for acceptance, both personal and public. With her candid and riveting writing, Cheney delivers more than heartbreak; she promises hope.

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"Terri Cheney paints a compelling picture of the mind of someone with mental illness, helping us to understand what it must feel like and causing us to sympathize with, not fear, those who suffer. Her book is a real stigma-buster - and a must-read." (Elyn Saks, author of New York Times best seller The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, 2009 MacArthur Genius recipient)

"Cheney's book is a gut-wrenching ride." (Los Angeles Times)

"With evocative imagery...Cheney conjures life at the mercy of a brain chemistry that yanks her from 'soul-starving' despair to raucous exuberance, impetuous pursuits to paralyzing lethargy...More than a train-wreck tearjerker, the memoir draws strength from salient observations...startlingly lucid descriptions." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Laura Duke
  • 28-11-20

neat life

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Terrie's life. her stories helped me. I recommend this book.