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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness


Saks managed to achieve both professional and personal success in spite of being diagnosed as schizophrenic and given a "grave" prognosis. In this ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750

Excellent account of struggles with schizophrenia

by KingMob on Apr 27, 2009

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.


exceptional story

by minam on 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.


Excellent picture of mental illness

by wwheele1 on Feb 19, 2009

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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