Godal Cheney highlights key markers along the progression of her mental illness as an adult. It is not a pretty story but an honest one; one that will resonate with and enlighten many, ultimately providing hope for anyone affected by bipolar disease. Terri Cheney details her fight with manic depression through a sequence of non-chronological chapters. That perilous highs and desperate lows and extravagant flurries of mood are not always symptoms of a broken mind, but signs of a beating heart.
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Shelves: 4-stars , memoirs , law-and-lawyers , united-states , psychology 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 shes manic, determined to kill herself, and momentarily thwarted in her suicide plan when shes 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 a memoir This is an intense memoir by a lawyer with bipolar disorder. In one chapter, a traffic stop leads to an arrest and ultimately a beating by police; in another, she overdoses and is briefly committed to a facility where patients receive some of the most dehumanizing treatment imaginable how this is meant to prevent suicide is unclear. The organization is deliberately jumbled, and for the most part this works, creating a sense of immediacy and disorientation.
It does have a minor drawback, which is that each chapter needs an independent justification for its inclusion: in a few of them not too much happens, or we see something the author has already shown in a slightly different context. But it is a fairly short book and the chapters do fit together into a larger whole. Actually the oddest thing, to me, was that the relationships the author describes in her acknowledgements are so absent from the text.
Most jarring was the glowing thanks to her mother, who appears nowhere in the book despite the many personal and family crises depicted. Other readers have pointed out that Cheney is privileged and a snob.
This is true and she acknowledges it, in some ways clinging to status symbols as a defense mechanism. I recommend it.
Bipolar: Memorias de un estado de ánimo
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