Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patty Duke
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the Armenian-born psychiatrist dedicated to studying personality and mood disorders who is referred to in Chapter 2?

2. Patty Duke says that one of the few, slight side effects she gets from the lithium is what?

3. What researcher from Yale University School of Medicine participated in the study from Jerusalem on genetic connections?

4. What ex-boyfriend of Patty's did she indirectly apologize to, by way of siblings or friends?

5. For how many years did Patty Duke suffer severely with her illness before she was finally diagnosed as manic depressive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Patty Duke's experience with psychotherapy?

2. Describe Bipolar II.

3. Discuss what cyclothymes is. How is this related to bipolar disorder?

4. What does Patty believe is the contributor to her illness?

5. How did Patty come to forgive her parents?

6. When did Patty experience her first manic episodes? What led up to this?

7. Why didn't Patty's husbands commit her to hospitals? What was her experience when she was institutionalized?

8. Discuss the study performed on the Amish regarding manic depression.

9. What is the scientific analysis of the roots of manic depression in individuals?

10. What side effect of lithium causes a strong reaction to Patty Duke when hearing of it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the unique style in which A Brilliant Madness is written. What about this style lends a different perspective to the study of manic-depressive illness?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the childhood of Patty Duke. What was her relationship to her parents? Who were Patty's "adoptive" parents and what was their role in her life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of genetics in diagnosing manic depression. What have scientists found to relate manic depression to a genetic link?

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