I learned so much from this book and I have found myself referencing it repeatedly in conversations with people regarding mental health treatment. Pete Earley beautifully captures the struggles of having a family member with mental illness and in the same book provides a thorough historical depiction of mental health treatment in the USA. He accurately explains that jails have become the new mental health institutions and proposes new ways to approach how we manage chronically mentally ill adults.
Pete Early talks about the importance of seeing the humanity in everyone including homeless adults. He encourages the reader to understand mental illness and give a homeless person the dignity and respect to look them in the eyes. I think of this every time I am at a light and I look up and see a homeless person asking for money.
Bravo! Outstanding book.
100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.
I read this in March 2007 and felt that this book was an eye opener -- I mean, even if you know what happened in the Reagan years, with the closing down of the mental institutions and the eventual flow of these people to the streets as homeless with no place to go except jail, maybe family if they are lucky, and back to the street-- reading this book really brought a reality check for me as to how it works (or, rather, doesn't)
I have been married to the same wonderful wife for over 27 years and have two adult children, out of the house, that are married, working, and doing well.
Crazy ranks high in all the audiobooks that I have listened to on the subject of mental illness, because I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Type and this book gave me insight on how others see me in my different phases of this illness and why I should keep taking my medication.
Yes, the book gives so much great information on how our nation treats the mentally ill. Listening to this book made me so much more empathetic to my ow loved one with a mental illness. The author did a great job showing the frustration that America's mentally ill and their families face everyday.
The narrator is a bit dry at times. Although the subject is not really a fun one, I felt the narrator was a little too stern at times.
No. The book is more informational than human interest story.
From the very beginning the author admits that his point of view is skewed. His son has been diagnosed with a a mental illness and, in an attempt to help him navigate his disease, he sets out to examine the way our justice system handles the (my description - not his) "criminally insane". Although he describes horrific conditions, ridiculous laws, and inadequate treatment options it doesn't seem he offers anything in the way of solutions. What I took from this is, society should be more tolerant of incredibly dangerous and violent schizophrenics, and also be willing to provide them everything they need: food, shelter, intensive therapy and and endless combination of the latest drugs. Toward the end he seems disappointed communities fought having a ALF (assisted-living facility) literally filled with murderers in their neighborhoods. One resident killed an ENTIRE FAMILY! Despite that, I enjoyed the book and the narration was excellent.