Terri  Cheney

Terri Cheney

(Topics: Bipolar Disorder; Mental Health Advocate) Hollywood entertainment lawyer and author of two books, Terri Cheney wrote a searing account of her struggles dealing with mental illness and bipolar disorder. Her book, "Manic" became a New York Times best-seller and was optioned by HBO. Her new book, "The Dark Side of Innocence -- Growing Up Bipolar" has also received rave reviews. As a lawyer, she addresses mental health in ou

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Hollywood Lawyer
On the outside, Terri Cheney's life looked picture perfect. As a young girl growing up in southern California, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student, class valedictorian. Later, as a successful entertainment attorney in Beverly Hills, Terri represented the likes of Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, and major motion picture studios. But beneath her seemingly flawless facade she was struggling with a dangerous secret: ever since childhood, Terri had been battling a debilitating case of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Diagnosis
Despite wild mood swings and repeated suicide attempts (the earliest at age six), Terri managed to keep her condition secret from everyone - but at a terrible price. Finally, in an effort to save her own life, she wrote a searing account of her mental illness. Manic: A Memoir quickly became a New York Times bestseller, was optioned by HBO, and translated into seven foreign languages.
Following Manic's publication, Terri received hundreds of emails from parents of bipolar children, asking about her own childhood. In response, she wrote The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar a groundbreaking personal portrayal of the emerging phenomenon of childhood bipolar disorder.
Terri's writings and commentary about bipolar disorder have also been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times the Huffington Post, NPR and countless articles and popular blogs.
Mental Health Advocate
Terri now devotes her advocacy skills to the cause of mental illness. She is a member of the Board of Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at USC, served on the Community Advisory Board of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program, and is on the Honorary Board of Directors of the International Bipolar Foundation. She also served on the Board of Directors of Project Return Peer Support Network. In recognition of her public service, she received an official commendation from the County of Los Angeles, as well as the annual Advocates Award from Mental Health Advocacy Services. She also founded a weekly mental health support group at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute. She currently writes a monthly blog for the highly popular website, Psychology Today.com.
She is currently working on her third book about bipolar disorder.
Terri graduated with honors from Vassar College, and attended UCLA School of Law. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

    Terri Cheney was an excellent speaker on the topic of mental illness. She was engaging, responsive and kind.

    Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

    Terri Cheney was an awesome woman. Her presentation was professional and she connected with her audience

    Bipolar Foundation of Central Texas

    Comments from your presentation - "Mesmerizing","Engaging","so genuine and heartfelt, I have a much better understanding of bipolar illness and more empathy","warm, kind and bright who intelligence has provided a rare glimpse into the pain individuals with mental illness experience". "Bravo".

    Johnson County Mental Health Dinner, Kansas City, MO

    The reaction to your presentation was phenomenal. You additional videotaped interviews was also considered a success.

    VCCP Health, Pharmaceutical Marketing

    It was an honor to have Terri Cheney, New York Times Best Selling Author, speak before a group of 1200 lawyers and doctors representing all regions of the State of California. Terri's presentation was not only informative, but was delivered in an engaging and passionate manner that hypnotized the large audience. You could hear a pin drop in the cavernous auditorium when Terri was telling her story. The hope and encouragement that Terri provided to all will certainly go a long way in helping others dealing with any mental or emotional issues. We are so thankful that Terri provided our organization with such a riveting presentation.

    California Applicant Attorneys Association