Marya Hornbacher Essay

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Marya is a successful author commonly noted for her publication of the popular book called Wasted recounting her venture through eating disorders. Soon after Wasted, she released her book Madness: A Bipolar Life which tells her life story from beginning to her current life. Marya was diagnosed with Ultra Rapid Cycle Bipolar disorder which is considered to be the most severe type of bipolar disorder (Hornbacher, 2008). Although this diagnosis happened later in her life and there were several years of distress and confusion leading up to and even after the diagnosis. Before anyone can fully understand Marya’s story and tribulations we first have to get a basic understanding of her Mental ...view middle of the document...

As for the depressive aspect of the disorder an antidepressant of some kind is paired with Lithium to create a reasonably effective combination in treating both poles of bipolar disorder. Several kinds of therapy are used alongside the medications. These therapies include Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Social Rhythm therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (Rivas-Vazquez, et al).
Marya’s story begins in 1978. Marya recounts running around all night shrieking random sentences strung together in a barely legible manner. She only slept during the day and all night she would bother her sleeping parents with random questions or suggestions of what they should do. During this time the strain on the parents is obvious, being woken up constantly during the night, and not knowing what was wrong. In this early stage it is apparent that Marya is demonstrating several symptoms of mania with fast illegible speech and the randomness of her thoughts. Although as Marya says “This being the 1970s, the idea of a child with bipolar is unheard of…” (Hornbacher, 2008, pg 33). This leads to several misdiagnoses by several physicians over her life.
In Marya’s early teens, she starts to develop her eating disorder. She would throw up until spitting blood saying “My body disgusts me…the needy, hungry, horrible flesh...” (Hornbacher, 2008, pg 38). The very next year Marya starts to self medicate with alcohol, stating that is mellowed her out and finds the “Perfect balance between manic and drunk” (Hornbacher, 2008, pg 42). A little later in her teen years she starts to abuse drugs like cocaine and marijuana to level out her moods. Eventually when she was nineteen all of those problems caught up to her and she was in a hospital for a third time weighing a light fifty-two pounds. There are several studies that suggest that there is a correlation between behavioral issues to developing eating or substance abuse problems (Leon, Gloria R, et all.). That is exactly what we see in Marya, although for the most part she overcame her eating disorder and regained the proper body weight but the alcohol abuse continued for several more years. Eventually she had...

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