Susan Dime-Meenan (easy), p2

Susan decided that she wouldn’t go to any more doctors, but she became more and more manic. She spent thousands and thousands of dollars on clothes. Twice in one week, she flew to Los Angeles to visit friends. And she behaved strangely in other ways: She went to work without makeup and wearing old clothes; she was afraid her office was going to be bombed; she stopped eating properly; she started to talk so fast that people couldn’t understand her.

Susan’s new husband felt his wife was going crazy. He took her to a hospital and had her locked up. She stayed in hospital for twenty-eight days, and the treatment she got there made her feel better. After she got out, she finally understood what her problem was, and her life was better, but she still had to take sixteen pills a day.

-information from Susan Dime-Meenan and Dianne Hales (McCall's, 94 .01); www.mentalhealth.com

depressed:
feeling unhappy for a long period of time; not able to have fun; not interested in life

energy:
a person who has a lot of “energy” moves around quickly and does a lot of things

illness:
sickness (and the adjective form, “ill” has the same meaning as “sick”

manic::
someone who behaves in a “manic” way is full of energy, but the things they do are strange or crazy

manic-depression:
a mental illness in which a person is sometimes "depressed,: sometimes ”manic“

mental:
connected with the mind

physical:
connected with the body