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A few months into his work career, Dennis meets Anna, the girl of his dreams. He falls in love and is blissfully happy for about a month. When she tells him she is going to college in California, he goes AWOL at work and follows her to California, proposing on the plane.
Dennis returns to Texas Instruments, unannounced, at the wrong time, acting strangely. The company doctor calls security, who take Dennis to Fuller Hospital. When he tells the doctor there that he has considered drinking a cup of cyanide, he is placed on suicide watch.
Dennis explores his risk-taking behavior and staggering depression, soaring highs and desperate lows. He learns that his condition has a name, bipolar disorder, and can be treated with lithium carbonate. With therapy and medication, Dennis gets his life under control, salvages his career, and finds the love of his life. He makes his father proud. But the siren song of greater creativity by cutting ties with lithium is strong.
Dennis goes off lithium and suffers a relapse. He alienates every member of his family, including his long-suffering wife. After they break up, he runs for president, draining his IRA to make campaign stops around the country. At times, he's convinced he has Secret Service protection. The crash, when it comes, is even worse. He ends up in a state hospital.
Dennis is one of the fortunate ones. He is able to get back on lithium and get his life together a second time. He reunites with his wife and, eventually, his family. He finds a good therapist and joins a group where he can help others. He gets his career back and earns a top job at Apple. Having crashed twice, Dennis knows he is lucky to have a calm and happy life. He will never fly too close to the sun again.