Manic - Terri Cheney


By Terri Cheney

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 170 Ratings


An attractive, highly successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Terri Cheney had been battling debilitating bipolar disorder for the better part of her life—and concealing a pharmacy’s worth of prescription drugs meant to stabilize her moods and make her "normal." In explosive bursts of prose that mirror the devastating mania and extreme despair of her illness, Cheney describes her roller-coaster existence with shocking honesty, giving brilliant voice to the previously unarticulated madness she endured. Brave, electrifying, poignant, and disturbing, Manic does not simply explain bipolar disorder—it takes us into its grasp and does not let go.


  • Ms.

    By klh4654
    This book gave me true insight about mental illness.
  • Accurate and Inspirational

    By Wowwwwwww!!!!!!
    After years of anxiety and suicidal thoughts, and crazy mood swings--I was diagnosed bipolar. Thankfully I have found a medicine that works wonderfully. I read this before that though, and it really gave me insight and inspiration knowing that she kept going even through the crazy and paralyzing disorder we call bipolar. She tells the story in an non chronological way--which is exactly how the bipolar mind operates. Very easy to read for someone with the disorder! Love this. And going to read it again!
  • Manic

    By Nan29
    I couldn't put this book down..sooo raw and real.. I was diagnosed bipolar in my 30's.. big difference between Terri and me: I don't eat when I'm depressed and lose 30 pounds a month. When I'm manic I am always hungry and eat everything in sight..another big difference is: My depression lasts for 1 to 2 years and the same with mania..I have never found any medicine that helped. Thanks for your book!
  • Just wonderful!

    By Dough DRT
    A tragic thing to live with - I'm thrilled I don't have to, especially after reading about Ms. Cheney's experiences. But boy howdy, does this woman know how to tell her story!
  • Thank you

    By WI-gal
    If I could talk to the author right now, I would simply express my gratitude for sharing her tumultuous journey. I was not diagnosed with being bipolar until an clumsy affair with my supervisor nearly destroyed my newly formed marriage. I made the mistake though of seeing a therapist for 1 year, took my dose of Seroquell and called it a day as if I was "ok." Now, ten years later and many hypo manic, rapid cycling days later I have still managed to stay alive by slowly self destructing my career and trust from others. Reading this made me see that I was not the only one who had these feelings and thoughts and it made me cry and reflect more than I wanted to I think. As I face trying to rebuild myself, my credibility and my life I am starting therapy again and trying to get a handle on this disease and deal with the fact that I just am not "fixable" per se but I can hope to live a normal life one day. Thank you Terri for your soul through your stories.
  • Great Book

    By Jenna Gatlin
    Very accurate detail on what it's like to go through ECT and be bipolar. Highly recommended for a good read and good insight into the highly controllable disease.