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From Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, Ellen Forney, 2012

Graphic Novel Excerpt from MARBLES: MANIA, DEPRESSION, MICHELANGELO, AND ME: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR by Ellen Forney, copyright © 2012 by Ellen Forney. Used by permission of Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
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A patient who is trying to understand clinical information related to a diagnosis or treatment can become confused or overwhelmed by data.

In her graphic memoir, author and artist Ellen Forney wanted to include a succinct description of diagnoses and mood states related to her bipolar disorder. She was originally going to draw a swing – like a “mood swing” – but the metaphor needed to show movement up and down, not sideways. And she decided to use a carousel.

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