Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Patty Duke
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Chapter 1, Looking Backward

• This chapter presents to the reader the effects that manic depressive illness often has on patients and how the cycling moods can make everyday life difficult.

• Looking back, Patty began to see the panic attacks she suffered as a child, which are not directly related to the illness but can be caused by the anxiety that is a symptom of the disease.

• Patty then relates her difficult childhood, especially the parts of it that she believes directly affected her emotional growth and health.

• Patty believed that abandonment, which is a theme of her childhood, set up an emotional situation that allowed her disease to present itself.
• Patty then talks about the depression she suffered as a teenager that went unrecognized by the adults in her life because of their own problems, specifically alcoholism.

• When Patty moved out on her own, she began to suffer the...

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