Elyn was an amazing individual, with schizophrenia, under the best possible circumstances. She acknowledges that her supportive upbringing, affluence, opportunity for psychoanalysis, extreme intelligence and sheer determination are valid factors contributing towards academic success, not being homeless or institutionalized indefinitely and having the ability to form friendships and meaningful relationships. While a struggle to incorporate the three indwelling entities (her as a doctor, her as the 'Lady of the Charts', and her as a person) that made up Elyn Saks, she manages her symptoms finally after years of denial, with submission to medication. Through her experience during hospitalization, she rightfully challenges and changes laws such as forcible confinement with use of restraints, and, more confusingly so, fighting for the rights of people with severe mental health issues to refuse being medicated. This book was an eye-opener for those in the helping industry, if one ever wanted to understand better, by reading a frightening and detailed account of the torment someone with schizophrenia goes through while in a psychotic state. You will also learn more about post Freud psychoanalyst Melanie Klein http://www.melanie-klein-trust.org.uk/kleinian-technique
She is incredibly lucky to have the intellectual, financial and interpersonal resources that she did/does
Such a great read. A view into schizophrenia that even mental health workers do not normally get to see, and one that provides a lot of understanding.
the book provides a lot of insight into the development and living with schizophrenia.
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