David Noble, p2

That was when she became seriously manic. For the first time in her life she started going to parties frequently. She started working harder and harder too. She often got up in the middle of the night and worked for two or three hours, and then got up early and arrived at the office at eight-thirty. And she started spending her money carelessly. She overdrew her bank account and she started to steal money from her own company.

About this time Susan decided to get married again — to a lawyer called Dan Meenan. A week later she went to a doctor about her headaches. He gave her medicine that should not be given to a manic depressive. She started having hallucinations. She called one of her friends and said: “I’m in the shower, and there are bugs everywhere. They’re crawling up and down the ceiling.” The friend called Susan’s parents and they came to help her.

She decided then that she wouldn’t go to any more doctors, but her mania kept getting worse. She spent tens of thousands of dollars on clothes and she flew thousands of miles to Los Angeles to see friends twice a week. When she got back from her honeymoon she started to lose touch with reality. She went to court wearing old clothes and no makeup. She started to worry about her office being bombed. She stopped eating. She began to talk so fast she couldn’t pronounce her words properly. Finally Susan’s husband took her to a mental hospital and had her locked up . She stayed there for 28 days and was treated with the right kind of medicine for her illness. Since she got out of the hospital, her life has been better, but she still has to take 16 pills every day.

- information from:- information from an article by Susan Dime-Meenan and Dianne Hales in McCall’s, 94.01; and from www.mentalhealth.com