|A Brilliant Madness|
|Anna's book about manic depression...|
The title is perfect for such a great book, and thoroughly describes that mental disorders truly are a
brilliant madness. Not only is this book educational, it lets you know that you are not alone if you have
Manic Depression. It is a combination of Anna's first book, Call Me Anna, and relays the stories of others
who share the battle of mental disorders. A Brilliant Madness describes the different levels of Manic
Depression, the signs and symptoms of it, and the treatments that follow. It goes into great detail when
recognizing certain behavioral patterns and describes the different situations that others have experienced.
The book even describes the medications used in treating the disorder. It offers comfort and support in
there is help out there.
what they really are. The stories from husbands, wives and family members who have experienced Manic
Depression first-hand are profound. They are realizations of their lives and their dealings with daily life.
The book also
offers resources that those who suffer from a mental illness can contact for
with someone with Manic Depression. He talks about the difficulties he faced with having to deal with a
mental illness for the first time. Mike shares the story of how he met Anna, the time she told him she has
Depression, what it is, and how she deals with it. It truely is wonderful how
Anna was finally able to find peace and
contentment with her life. The way Mike speaks of her in this book is amazing;
he is very supportive and
protective of her. I can feel his love, support, and admiration radiating from
love and support their mother. They witnessed the dramatic life Anna has led and without question, have
"she's the best mother."
warning signs of Manic Depression, nor did they witness the "roller coaster" type of behavior that Anna had described having. Instead, they read in newspapers and magazines the accusations of their sister being
addicted to drugs. The media simply did not know. Raymond and Carol have both said, "had [we] known
that she was mentally ill, [we] would have been supportive." Unfortunately, they just did not know what
was really going on, as they did not see their sister much while she was growing up. This was not because
they didn't care; it was due to the fact that Anna's managers, the Rosses, kept her from her family in order
that she could
remain focused on her rising career.
-Leslie Giambruno, The Official Patty Duke Webpage