A Mind Taut with Pain

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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My book, A Mind Taut with Pain, deals with the subject of schizoaffective disorder and what it is like, living with both schizophrenia and rapid-cycling manic depression on a daily basis. In Part One, extracts are taken from my diary and include short stories I have written. Part Two covers the factual side of schizophrenia and manic depression including diagnostic criteria, commonly asked questions and theories on the causes of these brain disorders. There is a glossary of my own made-up words and a list of useful websites for people interested in finding out more on schizophrenia and manic depression.

About the Author

My mental health started to deteriorate gradually when I was sixteen years of age. I struggled with hallucinations, out of body experiences, and growing delusions. Five years later, in 2002, I was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 and spent almost a year in a psychiatric hospital. During this time, I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Roughly speaking, schizoaffective disorder is schizophrenia combined with a mood disorder. I now live with my parents, unable to leave the house due to my certain belief that a secret section of government is after me because I am the King of Diamonds.


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An intensely personal and intelligently written book about the reality of life with serious mental illness. Part-biography and partly factual, the book is compelling, although often uncomfortable, reading. Highly recommended for anyone struggling with mental illness or trying to understand the symptoms of a family member or friend. 


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