The Moody Cow.Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist and writer.

At the age of five her world was turned on its head when her mother had a nervous breakdown and  was diagnosed with manic depression (now known as bipolar disorder).

Marissa spent the next 25 years well schooled in the intricacies of the illness and could tell when her  mother was high or low, weepy or raging mad. In fact, having lived with the disorder for most of her life, she considered herself an expert.

But in 2006 she was stunned when she too was diagnosed with bipolar. All the telltale signs – suicidal thoughts, insomnia, hyper-sexuality, boundless energy, reckless, impulsive behaviour and delusions of grandeur – were present. She just failed to recognise them when they applied to her.

The Moody Cow is Marissa’s look at life through the eyes of someone with a unique perspective on bipolar. The daughter of a manic-depressive she knows what it’s like to be a child amid the chaos of a mental breakdown and to then have a parent who lives with the illness that is stabilised through medication.

But she also knows what it feels like to experience bipolar on a personal level, what it feels like to be the patient and how it affects relationships, her work and day-to-day life.

Part news, part online memoir The Moody Cow aims to educate, enlighten and inform readers about a condition that is often misunderstood. It is also a place where people who live with bipolar – be it as a patient, lover or relative of someone with the disorder – can find support.

  1. I know that this has not been an easy decision for you.

    I prayed fervently that you would be spared from this sad illness.

    Thanks for loving me and being always there for me.

    I can recall vividly even at the tender age of 5 you preventing me from causing a house fire.

    We have many other human beings who were there for us including your deceased stepfather, Manny.


  2. I don’t know what to say. As long as mommy Helena is OK with this it can’t be bad. Know that you are both loved and supported in all you do.
    well done babe

  3. Dearest Marissa, I just wanted to say how moved I have been by your writing. You are an amazing person and such a brilliant writer. Keep up the good work, I will be avidly reading every word!

    Take care of yourself, lots of love, your old friend Polly x

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