The Center Cannot Hold

The Center Cannot Hold

My Journey Through Madness

Book - 2007
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A memoir of paranoid schizophrenia by an accomplished professor recounts her first symptoms at the age of eight, her efforts to hide the severity of her condition, and the obstacles she has overcome in the course of her treatment and marriage.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781401309442
Call Number: 616.898 SAKS
Characteristics: 340 p ; 22 cm
Subjects: Saks, Elyn R., 1955-
Schizophrenia -- Case studies.
Mental illness -- Biography.
Schizophrenics -- Biography.
Alternative Title: My journey through madness


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Aug 10, 2016

Elyn was an amazing individual, with schizophrenia, under the best possible circumstances. She acknowledges that her supportive upbringing, affluence, opportunity for psychoanalysis, extreme intelligence and sheer determination are valid factors contributing towards academic success, not being homeless or institutionalized indefinitely and having the ability to form friendships and meaningful relationships. While a struggle to incorporate the three indwelling entities (her as a doctor, her as the 'Lady of the Charts', and her as a person) that made up Elyn Saks, she manages her symptoms finally after years of denial, with submission to medication. Through her experience during hospitalization, she rightfully challenges and changes laws such as forcible confinement with use of restraints, and, more confusingly so, fighting for the rights of people with severe mental health issues to refuse being medicated. This book was an eye-opener for those in the helping industry, if one ever wanted to understand better, by reading a frightening and detailed account of the torment someone with schizophrenia goes through while in a psychotic state. You will also learn more about post Freud psychoanalyst Melanie Klein

Feb 15, 2015

She is incredibly lucky to have the intellectual, financial and interpersonal resources that she did/does

Oct 31, 2013

Such a great read. A view into schizophrenia that even mental health workers do not normally get to see, and one that provides a lot of understanding.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

the book provides a lot of insight into the development and living with schizophrenia.


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