I first heard about Elyn Saks in a news story. Then after googling her I found a TED talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6CILJA110Y
As a psychiatry resident I have been trying to improve my empathy and reduce any countertransference so that I might connect more with those patients I care for. I loved this book, as it has helped me immeasurably towards those goals. I loved how real she was in this book about her life, about some of her most personal and controversial details. I really think this book gives me hope to spread to my patients with schizophrenia. This book also talks in a persuasive way against the use of restraints. In my generation, they are no longer used to the extent she detailed in her experience. I believe that her work as a lawyer and academic has possibly changed that standard. This book also made me realize that connection, seeking to understand, even with someone in the midst of psychosis or between psychotic events is a pivotal part of the healing process. I appreciate her critique on psychiatry and will be recommending this book to medical students, residents and attendings I interact with!
This a great book to familiarize yourself with Mental Illness. There are people that are crazy in our society but they do not include the mentally ill. Mentally Ill people have a biological problem not of their choosing, but crazy people are those without any excuse but choose to behave very badly. Many of societies leaders fall into this category. Elyn Saks is a wonderful person who has persisted against tremendous adversity to fullfill her dreams. She is one of my heroes. Read this book to get to know one of America's true heroes, it is worth the time and money spent. .
I found this audiobook to hold my interest well. It is so hard to comprehend what she went through in the process of getting well!
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Not much better than MADNESS. Pete Earley's CRAZY is a much better book.