Saks managed to achieve both professional and personal success in spite of being diagnosed as schizophrenic and given a "grave" prognosis. In this memoir, she frankly and movingly discusses the disease, and the treatments that helped her to cope and thrive.Saks managed to achieve both professional and personal success in spite of being diagnosed as schizophrenic and given a "grave" prognosis. In this memoir, she frankly and movingly discusses the disease, and the treatments that helped her to cope and thrive.Read Less
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I have read many first-hand accounts of struggles with mental illness, and this is one of the best I have encountered. Instead of trying to drive home any particular message (e.g. potential to be successful despite schizophrenia, the horrors of institutional psychaitric treatment), Saks lets her story speak for itself. Well written and engrossing.
Mar 8, 2009
Elyn Saks shares her ongoing personal struggle with schizophrenia, demystifyfing the symptoms, providing insightful alternate approaches to therapy, and offering hope for successful management of the disease. For such a heavy subject, her book is exceptional for its candor, accessibility and wry humor.
Feb 19, 2009
Excellent picture of mental illness
Well written account of individual's success in spite of severe illness as well as a criticism of some psychiatris services.
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