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The center cannot hold : my journey through madness / Elyn R. Saks.

By: Saks, Elyn R, 1955-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Hyperion, c2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: 340 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781401301385 :; 140130138X.Other title: My journey through madness.Subject(s): Saks, Elyn R., 1955- | Schizophrenics -- Biography | Mental illness -- Biography | Schizophrenia -- Case studies | Gould School of Law -- Faculty -- Biography | University of California, San Diego. School of Medicine -- Faculty -- BiographyLOC classification: RC464.S25 | A3 2007Summary: A memoir of paranoid schizophrenia by an accomplished professor recounts her first symptoms at the age of eight, her efforts to hide the severity of her condition, and the obstacles she has overcome in the course of her treatment and marriage.
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A memoir of paranoid schizophrenia by an accomplished professor recounts her first symptoms at the age of eight, her efforts to hide the severity of her condition, and the obstacles she has overcome in the course of her treatment and marriage.

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A professor of psychiatry and law, Saks experienced her first episode of schizophrenia at age eight, but her coping skills effectively masked her illness until she attended Oxford University. Because of her knowledge as both patient and psychiatrist, her descriptions are painful yet insightful. The author was hospitalized, restrained, and forced to take medication, leading her to become an advocate for mental patients' civil rights. She movingly reports one doctor's claim that "patients don't feel the restraints like we do." With amazing resilience, she copes with other major physical illnesses while helping friends and students face their own challenges. Best of all, she meets a truly perfect man, Will, whom she marries. Saks brilliantly tells her story as if it were well-written fiction; listeners are with her as she overcomes tremendous obstacles. Narrator Alma Cuervo illustrates Saks's extreme emotion and sudden shifts perfectly; she makes an exceptional book even better. This future classic belongs in all library collections.-Susan G. Baird, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Elyn R. Saks is a professor at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of California, and Research Clinical Associate at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She graduated from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She has published three books and more than two dozen articles, and serves on the board of several mental health foundations. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Will Vinet.

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