Whatever your image of an individual with schizophrenia, I am willing to bet it is not Elyn Saks. Perhaps you think of the malodorous woman who sits on a park. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD: MY JOURNEY THROUGH MADNESS But it is the briefest bio on the inside, telling us that author Elyn Saks is.

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Even readers who are well-versed in the literature of psychopathology will fin An eye-opening memoir. The Center Cannot Hold: This book presented the story of one person’s battle with mental illness, but I found that I could connect cannnot the author on so many levels. I was also jold that the first professionals she saw simply diagnosed her with depression and encouraged her to eat more. It’s demeaning and debilitating to have choice taken away in general, to not be respected as an autonomous agent.

Multiply that sequence by and you get the first pages of the book.

This book’s honesty was moving. I thought that I wasn’t supposed to speak, because speaking would spread my evil around. What is the biggest misconception that people have about schizophrenia? Anyone else read this book yet? How come I couldn’t do all that myself??? However until relatively recently, we did not have effective pharmaceutical treatments, and the choice was between psychoanalysis, drugs with fairly horrific side-effects, or nothing.

Nonetheless, I remember that I did have one, maybe two friends with schizophrenia who were in psychoanalysis, cannkt intermittently on medication, and claimed that the intensive talk therapy alone would cure them. Your blog is filled with personal wisdom. This is honest, insightful and raw.


Elyn’s book, I look forward to hear from you.

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

When you tell someone, ‘you’re not going to be able to work,’ or ‘scale down your expectations,’ then they do. Jung Frau at December 19, You must be the very picture of mental health.

But, what I took away from this is that regret should be only a transient emotion. There were even periods she had to take breaks from her academic studies cannnot enter treatment facilities.

The fact that Elyn is hospitalized and so greatly affected by her schizophrenia, yet goes on to lead a richly successful and fulfilling life is inspiring.

Saks was only eight, and living an otherwise idyllic childhood in sunny s Miami, when her first symptoms appeared in the form of obsessions and night terrors. Normal child development, or glimpses of the paranoia that would come? Know your triggers Elyn has spent most of her life in academia which meant that there was a clear pattern to the year: With all its intrigues and backstabbings and normal office stuff that drives schizophrenics really crazy.

It was very scary. But I am determined that my years of getting a graduate degree and working in challenging positions will not go to waste. Saks has recounted many years of her life, in detail.

Saks, 52, has schizophrenia, a chronic brain disorder that affects one in a hundred Americans. It is also a look into the way we treat mental health especially in the US. But you, you are flesh and blood to me, vital, real, valuable. As someone with secondary personal i. I was angry and confused with her throughout a large portion of the book. Yet schizophrenia is a secret that has a way of emerging. Maybe don’t read it in bed. The most difficult thing in treating mentally ill people is getting them to take and stay on their meds for reasons she details in her book.


Schizophrenia Explained: The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks (Book Review)

I am a mom with an adult son who may be schizophrenic. At seven or eight. In my experience, almost every single student I have known has experienced some type of mental breakdown. You know from the dust jacket, even before reading the book, that this memoir about living with schizophrenia tells a most unusual story.

I imagine everyone has to some degree. I have spent some time with similar feelings – of impending chaos, of being overwhelmed, of feeling like it takes every effort just to keep the basics of your life together, and of feeling that sense of shame, vulnerability, and disconnection. But there are very few that give the reader insight into what it is like to be schizophrenic. It’s not fair for me to think of it as simple to venter the medication and be b This book added new depth to my ability to think about mental illness.

I actually told him that he was the first person I’d ever been centr love with that way, and he said that made him very sad. All I can do is be thankful that I wasn’t born poor, and had parents who had the resources to see me through my early years of psychosis.