"Modern Madness: An Owner's Manual"
Our guest on ST Medical Monday is the author Terri Cheney. Formerly a successful entertainment attorney -- her clients included Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones -- Cheny now works as an advocate for destigmatizing mental illness. Her bestselling "Manic: A Memoir" first appeared in 2008, and her new book, which she tells us about, is called "Modern Madness: An Owner's Manual." As was noted of this work by Louisa Benton, the executive director of Hope for Depression Research Foundation: "With taut and witty prose, Terri Cheney takes us on an unblinking tour of the actual experience of bipolar disorder. Each chapter allows us to experience the daily joy, terror, resolve, and compassion of a mind bargaining with itself. This is not just a recital of clinical symptoms, this is a journey into the human psyche. It is a stunning addition to the literature on mental illness and should be required reading for all medical students and mental health professionals." Please note, the 24/7 toll-free phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. Locally, you can contact C.O.P.E.S. (as in, Crisis Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services) here in Tulsa, which is also staffed 24/7: 918-744-4800.