Madness, Marya Hornbacher
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A Bipolar life

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Unabridged: 9 hr 44 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 04/09/2008


When Marya Hornbacher published her acclaimed first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have a piece of shattering knowledge: the underlying reason for her distress. At age twentyfour, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapidcycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disease there is. In her wry and utterly selfrevealing style, Hornbacher tells her new story in Madness. Through scenes of astonishing visceral and emotional power, she takes us inside her own desperate attempts to counteract violently careening mood swings by selfstarvation, substance abuse, numbing sex, and selfmutilation. Her brave and heartstopping memoir details her fight up from madness and describes what it is like to live in a difficult, sometimes beautiful life and marriage when the bipolar tendency always beckons.