March 30, 2016
Lit Tidbits: Patty Duke
Title: Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness
Author: Patty Duke
Published: February 1997
Lit Tidbits: Anna Marie "Patty" Duke revealed a long-kept secret in her autobiography Call Me Anna: she suffered from a mental illness called manic depression (bipolar disorder). Most people know Patty Duke as an Oscar-winning actress and the star of primetime series The Patty Duke Show. But I was first introduced to Patty Duke as a brave woman sharing her diagnosis and struggle with extreme mania, depressive episodes, panic attacks, spending sprees and suicide attempts. Brilliant Madness was one of the books that helped me understand manic depression and effective treatments. Recommended by Chickadee, this bestseller offered hope and insight. Patty Duke died yesterday on March 29, 2016, at the age of 69 years old. She was a talented actress, an author, a wife, mother and mental health advocate. Eternal rest and many thanks.