I'm Not Crazy: The True Story of Frances Deitrick's Flight from a Psychiatric Snake Pit to Freedom

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New Horizon Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
Feeling sick and depressed because of her broken engagement, Frances Deitrick decides to confront her ex-fiance. On her way to his house, she is involved in an automobile accident. Dazed and incoherent, she is taken to a local hospital where doctors judge Frances emotionally ill and throw her into the psychiatric ward.
Vainly, she tries to convince those around her that she is not insane. She is not believed. Frances must submit to a horrible confinement - a world of strip searches, potent drugs and physical abuse.
I'm Not Crazy is the incredible story of Frances Deitrick's struggle for freedom. Her plea that her condition is not mental but a physical illness is voiced against the odds of unfeeling doctors and violent patients. Thus, Frances not only fights for freedom, but also for survival.
Finally, one doctor learns of Deitrick's symptoms and tells her that she should never have been committed; she should have been admitted. Medical tests not done earlier confirm the doctor's suspicions and Frances' convictions of physical illness. The tests reveal a rare brain tumor and now Frances' courageous fight back to normalcy and freedom is jeopardized by hazardous medical treatment.
Frances ultimately overcomes the debilitating obstacles in her attempt to rejoin society. Her recovery is an inspiring triumph of the human spirit over seemingly overwhelming odds.

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I'M NOT CRAZY: The True Story of Frances Deitrick's Flight from a Psychiatric Snake Pit to Freedom

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A gripping inside-out view of one woman's psychosis and of her struggle to convince self-involved doctors that its origin is physical. In 1987, Deitrick, 25, was involved in a minor auto accident and ... Read full review

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Following an auto accident, Deitrick exhibited abnormal behavior and was misdiagnosed as schizophrenic. While confined to a mental hospital, her physical symptoms worsened. Yet because she had been ... Read full review


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Frances Deitrick survived her harrowing experience and presently works as an insurance claims adjuster. She resides in upstate New York.

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