The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar
As a young girl, Terri Cheney's life looked perfect. Her family lived in a lovely house in a tranquil Los Angeles suburb where the geraniums never once failed to bloom. She was pretty and smart, an academic superstar and popular cheerleader whose father doted on h...more
As I continued reading, Terry Cheney's descriptions of how her bipolar disorder manifested riveted me.
page 2: "When I was depressed, I was completely paralyzed, ...more
The early chapters are largely focused on Cheney's family dynamic. So much so, that I was starting to feel like this book should have been entitled "growing up in a dysfunctional family" as opposed to "growing up bipolar".
As I was reading the beginning I couldn't help but feel like the book would become interesting for a few pages and then slowly dim out—every time I ...more
I'm not gonna say that she's lying about ...more
The second was how dr ...more
My faith is what holds together our family and continuously learning and trying new communication methods as everyone ages and their needs change. Add in the child school setting, after school programs, home life, life with family and friends, life with our church community, and my relationship strength and forgiveness with my husband. Always alert and on my toes with my nee ...more
Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, Cheney’s life looked peachy from the outside. She earned good ...more
There are a couple of aspects to this story that make it hard to review/assess, and they may just be the nature of the beast. Cheney, deliberately, I think, keeps her own assessments out of the story. She does not try to insert much of her adult sensibility into the story, instead attempting to tell the story as if she were filming it. This must have been extraordinarily hard to ...more
The way Terri shares her illness with the world takes a lot of courage, being so young and hunted by the Beast must have been hard.
It had been a while since I had a book that actually made it hard for me to put it down, and this was it.
There is nothing else to say but to thank the writer for her extraordinary wor ...more
And I could not put it down.
Cheney told her story in an unflinching, shameless way. She allowed us into her innermost thoughts, some of which were ones that most people would never admit having, without apology or overt explanation. She did not try to make us like her or pity her, she was simply--brutally--honest. I ...more
--from the author's website