Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness Short Essay - Answer Key

Patty Duke
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1. How did Patty Duke feel when she was diagnosed bipolar?

The diagnosis could have been a time of great stress for Patty Duke, but instead it was a time of celebration because she finally had a name for her moods and definitive proof that she was not insane. Patty Duke's illness not only had a name but a treatment that brought calm and stability to her life for the very first time.

2. What caused Patty's panic attacks as a child?

Patty would become focused on the idea of her death, either because of some vision of beauty that would cause her to imagine how she might never see anything such as this again, or simply passing a cemetery that sat on the route between her mother's apartment and where she lived with her managers, the Rosses. These panic attacks would continue to happen throughout Patty's life, especially in the early hours of morning, and the only way Patty could deal with them would be to scream.

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