For years cartoonist Ellen Forney struggled to find effective treatment for her condition. Now she has created Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me, a deeply personal hand-drawn book that details her experiences• View a gallery of images from Ellen Forney’s book hereShortly before her 30th birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with manic depression. Her pattern was fairly normal. “Throughout my 20s I had moderately extended periods of a more or less good mood and moderately extended periods of more or less down moods that became increasingly distinct from one another,” she says. “But I didn’t really progress to a state that could be considered an episode or a disorder until I was about 28.”It took Forney over a year to admit she had a problem and get help. It took four years for her to find the right cocktail of medication to keep her mood swings in check. That was more than 10 years ago. Now Forney, an illustrator and cartoonist from Seattle, has published a graphic memoir of her mental illness.Her book, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me, is an unflinching and frequently unforgiving narrative of what it means to have bipolar disorder and how treatment can often seem …read more

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