A Shocking Account Of The Mentally Ill

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In 2008, Marya Hornbacher decided to publish a shocking account of her battle with bipolar disorder. It is not a romantic, happy-ending story. It is the real life account of what many people with bipolar struggle with every day. Unlike many people, Hornbacher had her family by her side every step of the way. Throughout the book she reaches dark and dreary places that no one wants to live though, let alone read about. However she always emerges on the other side with the help of her family. This book embodies the struggle of the mentally ill, as well as the importance of family: it is an important read for anyone that has a family member struggling with bipolar disorder. Not unlike a lot of people with mental illness the author had…show more content…
In Hornbaucher’s case she turned to anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder, and after that to alcoholism. In the book the author says, “No longer low, not yet too high. Just on a roll, energetic, inspired. I truly believe the booze is helping.” (29) This is not unusual for bipolar patients. The rate of alcohol abuse for men that suffer from bipolar is three times higher than the rest of the population and seven times higher for women (284). The next part of the book is the hardest part of the book for the author, it is the realization that she is actually very sick. She is hospitalized multiple times, put on many medications and different types of therapy. Nevertheless, her disorder is never fully “under control.” At the end, Hornbacher meets a special man that sees past her disease and helps her to manage her disorder with the help of her family. While this book has no pictures or graphics thorough out, it does not feel as if it is missing anything. The only graphic that comes with the book is on the cover itself. It is a picture of the author herself, Marya Hornbacher, surrounded by flames. The photo is a strong image that draws attention to the book right away. The book is divided into sections this mimics the struggle at different points in her life with the disorder. It is then further broken up into months and years. This book is different from most in that it is written by someone who is very clearly manic
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